Case Study

City of Beaumont

Beaumont Fire Station #1

Located at the northwestern tip of the “Golden Triangle,” a major industrial area on Texas’s gulf coast, the city of Beaumont is home to multiple nationally recognized oil brands—among them Texaco, Chevron, and Magnolia Petroleum Company (now part of ExxonMobil). Unsurprisingly, the city takes fire and emergency safety and education very seriously; this dedication led them to found the Fire Museum of Texas (FMOT) in the mid 1980s. The Beaumont Fire-Rescue Services (BFRS) co-operates the museum in addition to running the 12 fire stations that service the approximately 90-square-mile city area. The 235 BFRS staff and volunteers provide 24-hour emergency response services including fire suppression, first responder medical, hazardous materials, disaster, and technical rescue, as well as multiple non-emergency services such as code enforcement and fire investigation.

As part of department-wide facility improvement plans, BFRS recently constructed a new fire station to replace the department’s Fire Station #1 on College Street. Understanding the importance of reliability and compliance, BFRS chose Salas O’Brien to design the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services as well as electrical and plumbing engineering for the City of Beaumont’s new Fire Station #1.

The HVAC portion of this project design included two 32-ton air-cooled chillers (with integral chilled water pumps), single-zone, constant-volume air-handling units, and variable-volume air-handling units with terminal boxes. The electrical service was 277/480V, 800 amps served from pole-mounted utility company transformers. Salas O’Brien’s design uses natural gas to support a 425kw emergency generator, and all interior and exterior lighting is LED. For the plumbing portion of this project, the Salas O’Brien team designed water, storm, sanitary, vent, and fire suppression systems to support optimal facility efficiency.

The finished fire station features seven bays, a drill tower, and a rooftop hatch that enables firefighters to practice working in confined spaces. The facility also houses offices for deputy and district chiefs.


Beaumont, Texas

Construction Cost:
$6.7 Million

Project Size:
15,000 Square Feet

HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering