Minot Fire Station III serves the City of Minot and the Minot International Airport. The station was built in the 1970s and had few additions, the most recent in 2011. EAPC worked with the Fire Department to update and modernize the sleeping quarters which were still in dormitory style with one shared restroom. Since fire fighters spend their work hours living at the station, it is important that the quarters are comfortable and feel like a home away from home.
EAPC addressed Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel’s concerns with the dormitory style setup and lack of privacy with a 1,665 SF addition and 2,377 SF remodel of the existing building which included four new, private bedrooms, two private bathrooms with showers, laundry facilities, and a new Captain’s office. The remodel included a new fitness room, new finishes throughout, and mechanical and electrical improvements.
Construction was completed in two phases to allow for the station to be operational at all times.
“This remodel was complex, but EAPC provided the expertise and guidance to meet our needs. The challenges that the team faced with this project was a restricted budget, meeting FAA design and reporting requirements, federal grant procurement guidelines, as well as a structure that was essentially two fire stations in one to meet two differing critical missions of the community both from a city and an aircraft firefighting response.
This dual purpose station is designed with apparatus bays serving as bookends to the structure with living quarters in the center. EAPC developed a phasing plan which allowed us to keep the fire crews working within the station during the entire process.
The project design started with a larger budget but then was reduced due to cuts. This brought us back to the drawing board and EAPC really listen to our needs and priorities. They came back to us with a design that met the needs of the health and safety of our firefighters, bringing the structure up to code, and within budget.
We are happy with the outcome of the project and our firefighters are now able to live and work in a station that provides them a safe place to work.”
—Kelli Kronschnabel, City of Minot Fire Chief