Karns Volunteer Fire Dept. Station No. 2

  • The 9,500-sq.-ft. station is designed for functionality, low maintenance and durability
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  • The station is designed with two drive-through apparatus bays
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  • The training/multi-purpose room seats 45
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  • Durable flooring and other materials are used throughout Station No. 2
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Knox County, Tenn.


9,500 sq. ft.
The Karns Volunteer Fire Department sought a design team to work with them on a new station to serve their coverage area near Knoxville, Tenn. WSKF Architects and Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon collaborated on the design. Functionality, a cost-effective approach and durability were primary considerations. The resulting 9,500-square-foot station includes two drive-through apparatus bays and support spaces for gear storage, hose rack and SCBA rooms. The 6,000-square-foot residential section includes six two-person bunkrooms, office and communication space, fitness room and a training room for groups up to 45 and other multi-purpose uses. To minimize long-term maintenance, WSKF and BWSC incorporated stained concrete and tile floors, solid wood cabinetry, a standing seam metal roof and other durable exterior materials.