• 9111 W College Pointe Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33919

Captiva Fire Station Replacement

Project Overview

This new construction project included demolishing of the existing single story fire station, full site development and construction of a new 9,800 SF two story fire house. The building consisted of first floor administration, apparatus bay, equipment rooms & decontamination area. The second floor consisted of living quarters, full kitchen, weight room & exterior porch. The exterior building façade was designed to blend seamlessly with the island styling by utilizing a combination of cement board lap siding set on the lower portion of the building & classic board & batten for the upper portion of the building. Conventionally built overhangs, a metal trellis, sunscreen & ipe hard wood with varying width cement board lattice provide façade enhancements to uniquely characterize the styling of the building. Site development consisted of broadcast shell drives & parking, new landscaping, retaining walls, lift station, septic tank/drain-field and underground storm water retention system.

Challenges

The largest challenge of the project was the size of the project site relative to the new building & site improvements combined with the proximity of adjacent buildings & roadways. Given the building size and location on the property, access to the rear of the building with equipment could not be achieved after the building was erected. This required construction of the lift station, septic tanks & drain field prior to the construction of the superstructure. Furthermore during construction, large structural elements, such as the precast hollow core plank for the second floor, metal trusses and structural steel, had to be flown over the Bubble Room & Captiva Drive adding additional challenges to construction.