Wilder Fire Facilities Study & New Fire Station

Wilder Fire Department

Design Challenge:

With two outdated fire stations located several miles apart, the city of Wilder was at a crossroads. They could upgrade the existing facilities or replace with one new upgraded facility in a new location. MSP was chosen to complete a facilities study to determine the best solution.

Design Solution:

During the planning study, multiple locations were considered. Response times, access to existing industrial and residential areas, and available land were all factors in finding optimal placement. Ultimately, the land adjacent to the Administration Building was the best fit and the new facility was designed to match the existing architecture.

Design Outcome:

The new fire station is operated 24/7 by over 50 firefighters and is divided into three sections. The first contains living and administrative areas, the second turnout gear, gear wash and deacon room; the third apparatus bay, vehicle storage, training and maintenance areas. This separation helps reduce post-incident and daily exposure to carcinogens. The project also included the design of the three-acre City Center Park behind the Administration Building. It features a splash pad, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, a restroom building, and various open shelter buildings.



Julie Cromwell & Associates – Structural