Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters
The Charlotte Fire Department engaged TS+P to create a new headquarters facility for the organization. Tasked with designing a building that honored the past, present, and future of local firefighters and would last for many generations TS+P began examining the Fire Department’s spatial needs as well as regional fire station architecture.
Based on typical fire truck bays, the building’s proportions and rhythms are handsomely articulated with metal, stone, as well as fritted and transparent glass within the primary brick façade. TS+P sought to describe the strong relationship between the Fire Department and the City by strategically aligning the building on the site so that a clear vista to Charlotte’s Uptown is revealed; physically reinforcing the constant watch the Fire Department keeps over the City it protects.
In order to prominently display the Fire Department’s rich history the building’s glass encased lobby is designed as a gallery of artifacts. Clean, purposeful lines allow visitors and employees alike to absorb the traditions and history of this proud organization; the lobby’s main display will be an antique local fire engine from the early 20th century. The ground floor of the new 38,000 square foot space also contains a community meeting room, conference spaces, and private offices. The second level is solely comprised of office space designed to promote personal interaction and collaboration with open office planning surrounded by semi-private offices and meeting rooms.