With the existing Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service currently residing in two different buildings, this Emergency Response Center (ERC) for MHA Nation will combine both services under one roof for better collaboration and response times.
Built with precast walls for durability and longevity, the ERC features six apparatus bays with room for future fire engines and equipment, three ambulance bays, four bedroom living quarters for EMS volunteers, and a large meeting/community room for training. The ERC will also act as the community emergency center and as a tornado shelter for the community.
The building design includes daylighting and sensor driven fixtures for plumbing as well as an abundance of natural light through the doors and high windows.
The site presented a challenge due to a significant grade change from the NW to the SE edges of the lot requiring a special soil settlement procedure.