City of Saskatoon Fire Station No. 5
6,921 sq. ft.
Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration, Sustainability Consulting
The City of Saskatoon’s new Fire Station No. 5, situated on Preston Avenue within the University of Saskatchewan Land, is a collaborative effort between the City and the University. This unique project involved not only the development of the fire station but also the creation of an at-grade parking lot to mitigate the impact on the City’s stormwater infrastructure. Special attention was given to optimizing on-site parking for both staff and Saskatoon Fire Department vehicles, as Preston Avenue North does not permit on-street parking. Additionally, the project includes the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) platform, aligning with the City’s new BRT System, thereby enhancing transit accessibility for both fire department personnel and the broader community.
The fire station’s design prioritizes functionality and efficiency. The apparatus floor can accommodate one pumper truck and one aerial ladder truck, with adjacent spaces like hose drying areas, workrooms, mask washing facilities, and turnout gear rooms for quick access. Key facilities such as EMS storage, staff showers, an air compressor room, emergency generator room, and electrical and mechanical rooms are conveniently located near the apparatus bay. The main floor houses an entry vestibule, main office, classroom (which can also serve as a community room), meeting room, washrooms, fitness room, and janitorial facilities, while the second floor includes living quarters (dorms, kitchens, lounges), captains’ and inspectors’ offices, storage rooms, janitor closets, and a common study area. Accessibility to the apparatus floor is enhanced with the inclusion of a fire pole and a direct path to an internal stairwell. Additionally, an outdoor patio off the kitchen provides space for outdoor dining and barbecues. The fire station has been designed to meet the criteria for LEED Certification, emphasizing sustainability and environmental considerations in its construction.