As the city of Manhattan continued to grow, the Manhattan Fire Department needed to open two new fire stations to increase coverage to under-served areas. Located in a prominent masterplanned golf course neighborhood, the exterior materials were designed to reflect the quality of the buildings and homes surrounding it. The interior was designed to be warm and comfortable for the firefighters who live there.
The building was designed with sustainability in mind. The main structure is a post and beam system with an envelope of 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 #5 was awarded a Fire Chief Magazine 2013 Station Style Design Award.