WSKF NEWS

11.14.2011

Lee's Summit Fire Station No. 2 Honored in National Design Competition

The Lee’s Summit Fire Department and Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock (WSKF) Architects announced today that Fire Station No. 2 is the recipient of the  highly-coveted Silver Design Award from Fire Chief magazine’s “Station Style” design competition.

Judges honored Station No. 2 in the Satellite Station category. Sponsored by Fire Chief magazine, the annual Station Style competition draws entries for dozens of stations nationwide designed by some of the country’s top fire station architects. The competition is widely regarded in the fire service and architectural fields as one of the top honors and awards for fire station design.

 “It is certainly an honor to receive this award as recognition of the outstanding efforts of everyone involved in this project,” said Lee’s Summit Fire Chief Keith Martin.

“The Silver Award confirms our belief that Station No. 2 represents leading-edge fire station and sustainable design,” said Rick Kuhl, the WSKF Architects principal who led the project design team. “The station and this award would not have been possible without the foresight and commitment shown by the City and the Fire Department.”

In 2007, Lee’s Summit voters approved a “No Tax Increase” General Obligation Bond that included the relocation and building of Fire Station No. 2. City staff worked closely with the WSKF Architects to design the facility to meet the community’s current and future needs.

The new station, located at 2000 N.E. Rice Road, was completed in May 2011. The 8,905-square-foot station’s award-winning design includes two drive-through apparatus bays; eight paired bunkrooms with gender-neutral restrooms and showers; and a common area that includes a dayroom, kitchen, fitness and training rooms.

The station has a number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-level (LEED) elements including “cool roof” metal panels that reflect solar heat, a high-performance insulation system that reduces energy use, high-efficiency lighting, use of recycled or highly renewable materials in flooring, cabinets and other interior finishes, and a rain garden that captures and filters storm water runoff.

Previous collaborations between the Lee’s Summit Fire Department and WSKF Architects resulted in “Notable Design” recognition by Fire Chief magazine for the renovation of the Downtown Fire Department headquarters (completed in 2005) and Lee’s Summit Fire Station No. 7/Training Center (completed in 2007).