City gets a look at new fire hall plans
Hudson Common Council members saw a glimpse of what the new fire hall will be like on Monday night.
A study of the department's needs in 2017 recommended a new fire hall at a new location.
The new building is set to be constructed at the city-owned Ward Avenue site alongside the existing buildings there.
Corey Brunton of Brunton Architects and Engineers presented renderings of the two-story, 30,000-square foot building. The original plan was for 34,000 square feet, but Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said they were able to find efficiencies and bring the size down.
"It's a highly-utilized facility," Brunton said.
St. Martin said a committee created within the fire department met with Brunton Architects and Engineers to tweak plans to what the department wanted.
The first floor has the apparatus bay, gear grid room, training room and administrative space with a kitchen, offices and meeting room. The hall also has a training tower and various spaces for storage.
A hose room in the apparatus bay will also serve as a decontamination area for firefighters, Brunton said. The gear grid room is also pressurized so contaminants don't spread throughout the building.
St. Martin said the hall will also have what they call "dirty" bathrooms and showers that firefighters go right into before entering the rest of the building.
The second floor will host the living quarters with sleeping rooms, restrooms with showers and the fire pole.
Multiple entrances will give access to the building. Two-way traffic outside the building will allow responding firefighters to come into the lot and make their way into the building from the back, Brunton said.
The exterior of the building uses precast, which allows for a nice exterior product at a lower price, Brunton said.
Council Member Randy Morrissette asked if the plan included room to expand. St. Martin said the design does allow for some expansion, but the next step to meet community growth would be another facility, not a bigger one.
"We kind of maximized the space here with everything we have anticipating the next move would be another station somewhere," St. Martin said.
Response times become the problem, Brunton said, which is why another station in a growing section of the community is what most communities do.
That is still a ways out for Hudson.
"This should be adequate for our area for a long time," St. Martin said.
The final drawings for the fire hall will be in on Feb. 25, and then brought to the council.