Mayor Steve Bach joined Fire Chief Rich Brown, Colorado Springs City Council President Scott Hente, Chief of Economic Vitality Steve Cox and others for the ground-breaking ceremony of CSFD Station 21, at Dublin Blvd. and Peterson Rd. When completed in the second quarter of 2013, the station will bring a much needed presence for fire and EMS protection to this area with an expected 500 calls for service in the first year of operation.
Designed by the Fennell Group, Fire Station #21 is a retro design recalling the “old firehouse” while simultaneously incorporating the latest in functionality and energy efficiency. The building is a LEED project – Leading in Energy Efficient Design - and is our City’s first attempt at constructing a LEED fire station. It is also the first building to be designed as a LEED platinum building – the highest level of LEED certification.
Station 21 is expected to use 60 percent less energy than other fire stations due to a bevy of eco-friendly features, including: solar panels atop the station, a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses the Earth’s temperature to cut down on energy consumption, the use of windows and skylights to significantly cut down the need for artificial lighting during the day, use of gray water — waste water from showers or laundry rooms — for landscaping, and a trombe wall that will retain the sun’s heat and help warm the rest of the building.