As the city of Manhattan, KS continues to grow, the Manhattan Fire Department needed to open two new fire stations to increase coverage to under-served areas. The site, located in an industrial area, had several setbacks and easements, limiting much of the buildable area. The exterior was designed to mimic the adjacent area while the inside was designed to be warm and comfortable for the firefighters who live there.
The building was designed with sustainability in mind. The main structure of the building is a wood post and beam system with regular bays. The envelope of the building utilizes structural insulated panels (SIPs), creating an extremely tight, thermally efficient envelope. The building also incorporates efficient lighting strategies and controls as well as a geothermal HVAC system.
Manhattan Fire House #3 was awarded a WoodWorks Regional Excellence Award in 2014.