Engine Company 109 Firehouse2343 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
Design Achievement - The Chicago Fire Department and the Public Building Commission of Chicago are working in partnership to build new firehouses in neighborhoods throughout the City. DLR Group's design for the new Engine Company 109 is a refined version of the prototype developed in an earlier project, when the design team discovered multiple opportunities to improve the efficiency, sustainability, and functionality of the design. Certified LEED Gold, this station is evidence that sustainable design solutions can also provide firefighters with the latest in technology, enhancing quick response to various types of emergencies within the communities they serve.
Scope Summary - The new 14,000 SF firehouse includes accommodations for up to 16 firefighters, separate officer quarters, an apparatus bay to house multiple emergency response vehicles, a hose and watch tower, a staff training/educational room and a full-service kitchen and dining area. The facility also includes 3 inbound and 3 outbound doors with a 52 foot circular driveway designed for ease of maneuvering all fire vehicles. The campus includes an innovative geothermal wellfield system shared between the fire station and the adjacent public library with expectations for proactively reduced energy use. Indoor breakout space is expanded with the connection to the outdoors including a patio and grilling area. DLR Group was the Architect of Record, providing architecture and construction administration services.