Transforming a Farmer’s Field

Center Fire Station

Groton, MA

“An enormous part of our success in land acquisition was the promise that we were able to make in terms of the way the station would reflect the agricultural nature of our community. I have to say that, as a citizen of Groton, you have delivered on that promise 100%.”  

Jack Petropoulos, (Former) Groton Select Board member

Ideal Location

After completing an emergency response time study and confirming that the location was ideal, D+W developed building design concepts to complement an agricultural field located in the historic district. The project required significant interaction with the Town, the Landmark Preservation Trust (landowner), the Historic Commission, and residents, and ultimately received overwhelming support due to the barn-like imagery of the new building.

Sustainable Design Driven

Designed according to LEED Certifiable standards, the facility exceeds the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code by more than 20%. Green features include low maintenance plantings, super insulated walls and roof, clad wood windows, highly efficient induction heating/cooling systems, high-efficiency boilers and lighting, and radiant floor heating in the apparatus bay. Energy Modeling projects a 31% savings in energy use.

Seamless Training Features

Providing regular training opportunities is important to keep firefighters prepared for the rigors of the profession. On-site training design features include a second-floor training deck that is used for high angle rescues, an apparatus bay mezzanine with confined space prop, and “wet” stairwell that allow for hose advancement and ladder training.