Windsor Park Fire Station
The Windsor Park Emergency Fire Station works as a gateway to the community, along 4th Street SE, and replaced the existing Fire Station #11 in the Calgary community of Windsor Park.
This 15,000 sq. ft. facility includes three fire apparatus bays, administrative areas, and living quarters and offers full fire service.
The project targets LEED Gold certification and uses sustainable principles such as the reduction of potable water, rainwater collection, use of solar energy, regional materials, and energy efficiency.
The main material in the façade is the Max Compact Exterior panels that create a robust structure, combined with some glass areas. Around the perimeter, a decorative element made with metal shows some wavy vertical stripes, which - together with another metal sculpture placed in the back of the building - represent the tools of the firefighters: the helmet and the water hose.
The HPL panels are capable to resist temperatures from -112F and +336F. Its weather resistance makes them suitable for areas that must withstand extremely cold temperatures, as is the case in Calgary. On the other hand, the high-temperature resistance of the HPL panels brings to the façade a material with a good performance when exposed to fire.
The realistic woodgrain of Max Compact Exterior and the beauty of the decor used in this façade gives a high aesthetic value to this public service building.