Chesapeake Beach Fire Station

HBA Architecture & Interior Design in partnership with P.G. Harris Construction Company were awarded the design-build contract for this new two-story 13,900 square foot fire station with three apparatus bays. The first floor includes Office Space, Watch/Radio Room, Day/Training Room, EMS Day Room, Kitchen and Dining, Apparatus Bays, Air/SCBA Room, Decontamination Room, Work Room, and EMS Storage. The second floor includes ten private Bunk Rooms, Toilet and Shower Rooms, Physical Training Room, as well as support and storage spaces.

The RFP issued by the City of Virginia Beach included a schematic site plan, floor plans and elevations. The floor plan issued as part of the design-build RFP was approximately 15,200 square feet which exceeded the City’s desired program area of 13,800 to 14,200 square feet. The limited site area dictated that the fire station would be two-story. It was also critical to the City that the total project budget of $3,200,000 not be exceeded. We determined during proposal preparation that the budget could not be met with the design provided in the RFP. As part of our proposal we provided an alternate design that would meet the City’s needs and could be completed within the City’s budget.

The HBA/P.G. Harris Team was the only team to re-design the fire station and explore alternatives to materials and building systems so that the fire station could be completed within the City’s budget. The proposed design and alternates submitted did not affect the overall program requirements, nor would they compromise the Fire Department’s ability to service the community. The total building square footage was reduced from 15,200 square feet to 13,900 square feet, without reducing the programmed space requirements; and the building layout was adjusted to be more efficient and utilize less area for circulation.

Best Institutional/Public Building

HRACRE Excellence in Development Design Award
Award of Excellence

Honor Award

Virginia Beach Planning Commission
Public Facilities

Client: City of Virginia Beach

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

New Construction : 14,644 SF


Civil Engineer: WPL Site Design

Structural Engineer: Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C.

PME Engineer: Hickman-Ambrose Inc.

Contractor: P.G. Harris Construction Company