Fire Station 51
This fire station created a new civic gateway for the historic College Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. Sited on a major thoroughfare, the new station replaces an older one that was inappropriately located on a quiet residential street. A symbolic lantern, reminiscent of traditional fire station towers, defines the building as a beacon of security and community pride. Public art, in the form of signage, reinforces the neighborhood connection.
Honor Award, AIA Cincinnati
Year of Completion
A major design focus was sustainability, with an achieved target of LEED Gold. The project features a green roof with bio-swales and rain gardens for stormwater retention and passive solar design with ample daylighting. Porous paving is used at parking areas and aprons.
The program includes three double-stacked, drive-through apparatus bays, sleeping quarters, kitchen and lounge, fitness space, lockers and offices. Brilliant colors and clerestory lighting make a vibrant interior environment punctuated by the tall, glass lantern over the entry vestibule.