Fairbanks Fire station One

"The design takes into consideration the shape of the site and the travel direction for both cars and pedestrians, in order to provide a strong presence in the community and accessibility both for the public as well as the ability to respond to calls for the Department’s services."


Client: City of Fairbanks

Architects: KPB Architects and WLC Architects

Contractor: Neeser Construction, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Engineering and Development Services, Inc.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: RSA Engineering, Inc.

Civil Engineer: DOWL HKM

Geotechnical Engineering and Survey: Shannon & Wilson


KPB Architects led the design team for this newly programmed and designed facility to provide administrative offices, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters, kitchen facilities and living areas for the City of Fairbanks Fire Department.

Support spaces include apparatus bay, hose tower, spaces for personnel and firefighting tasks, and building systems. The building, featuring traditional architectural design elements, is utilitarian in nature. It is a high-use, heavy-wear facility and occupied 24 hours a day. To begin the design process, the team produced this concept statement:

“Emphasize the apparatus bays as the main function of a traditional fire station and create a public-friendly structure that ties visually to the nearby city structures, yet is prominent as a community facility. Incorporate design strategies to ensure the facility offers the daily occupants a sense of security, functions to the highest level of efficiency, and provides a comfortable living environment for the primary user group, the fire fighters."