Barrie, Ontario (PRWEB) August 23, 2011
Salter Pilon Architecture and Lett Architects are pleased to announce that the new Barrie Fire and Emergency Services Station No.1 has officially opened its doors. Dignitaries and senior fire staff were on hand to celebrate the event included MP Patrick Brown, MPP Aileen Carroll, Mayor Jeff Lehman, Fire Chief John Lynn, Deputy Chief Rick Monkman and Deputy Chief Dave Forfar.
"It was three years in the planning and development stage, two years in construction and the dream today has become a reality," said Fire Chief Lynn. "This building is one of the most technologically advanced headquarters in the province of Ontario."
The design of the new state-of-the-art fire hall is a mix of old and new. "It was very important for us, as part of the architecture of this building to have a good sense of tradition, while also having the modern technology." said Deputy Chief Monkman. As part of that tradition, the original 1874 bell was refurbished to working condition, complete with a new electric strike, and now sits atop the bell tower as a tribute to the Service’s rich history. Another nostalgic element incorporated into the design was a traditional fire pole, which is located in the main lobby space.
The new 38,000 square foot facility was constructed at a cost of $13.5 million and the design consolidated all five branches of the fire department. In addition, the building will serve as the City of Barrie's emergency operations centre.
Not only is the new fire hall a welcome addition to the City, but to the surrounding communities as well. The on-site 911 dispatch centre will handle calls for the City of Barrie, as well as 11 other communities throughout the region.
As a tribute to the Dunlop Arena, which was demolished on the site to make way for the new structure, the centre ice slab was salvaged and now forms part of the ground floor in the main lobby. In keeping with Salter Pilon’s strong focus on sustainable design, heavy wood timbers from the arena structure were also recycled and reused in various furniture pieces throughout the station - including a new heavy timber, 16-person dining table to accommodate one platoon of fire fighters.
"You've really designed an incredible building here," said Mayor Jeff Lehman of the work done by the Barrie architects, "You've created a working environment for everyone to be proud of."
About Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.
Salter Pilon Architecture is a mid-sized Ontario architectural firm whose roots extend back to 1960. The majority of the firm’s work over that lengthy history has been in the institutional field with healthcare and educational buildings as predominant components. Salter Pilon offers complete sustainable architectural and interior design services through an exceptional staff of 25 people with an average staff tenure in excess of 16 years. We are designers who value a well-crafted building and are prepared to take the time to achieve that craft.