Innovation provides energy savings

Merrill Fire Station

Merrill_Fire_stationFunktion Design Studio worked with the City of Merrill to design and build a new state-of-the-art 21,750 square-foot central fire station, consolidating two aging facilities. The new fire station was designed to house three shifts of Merrill’s full time firefighters, fire apparatus, ambulances, and support units. Operations support areas, administrative offices, training space, and living quarters are also located in the building. The design of the new station incorporates an innovative exterior wall and roof system to provide energy savings over the life of the building.

Project Features

  • Four drive-thru bays for fire and EMS apparatus
  • Separate rooms off the apparatus bay for hose storage, lawn and garden equipment,
  • EMS supplies, tools, and decontamination area
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) compressor room
  • Captain’s open office area with direct visual to the apparatus bays to provide a status of all the Department’s vehicles at any time
  • Chief’s office and administration area
  • State-of-the-art training room available as a backup Emergency Operation Center
  • Energy efficient building systems
  • In-floor heating within the sleeping areas and apparatus bays

Firm’s Involvement

  • Surveying
  • Site Design
  • Coordination of MEP design for HVAC, plumbing and fire protection, and electrical services
  • Prepared schematic design, leading to final design development
  • Prepared construction documents and assisted with bidding
  • Provided construction oversight

Project completed by our principals, prior to Funktion Design Studio, LLC, while employed with previous firms.