Their challenge

Salas O’Brien’s Orlando team was brought on board by Bentley Architects + Engineers to assist in engineering for a new station to supplement the City of Gainesville’s main downtown fire station. The 24,000-square-foot project started in 2017 as a response to the increased development in downtown Gainesville, and when completed, it will serve as the Gainesville Fire Rescue administrative headquarters with offices for the Fire Chief, Deputy and Assistant Chief Staff, fire inspectors, fire investigator, and administrative support personnel.

Our solution

Our team provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and low voltage systems design as well as MEP-related LEED administrative support for this project. The electrical systems are backed up by a 300 KW natural gas generator and station alerting systems were coordinated with Purvis. The HVAC system is an energy efficient VRF system with a dedicated DOAS system. The bays are heated with natural gas radiant heaters, include air scrubbers for exhaust and are specified with vehicle exhaust gas detection systems for a higher level of life safety.