Nov 282010
 
Authors: Kari Pills

The nine firefighters that call Station 4 of the Poudre Fire Authority their second home, are celebrating being green, by nationally recognized standards.

The $4.5 million project, completed in January, received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold approval earlier this month. LEED certification is decided on a point scale.

Patrick Love, captain of PFA’s Public Affairs and Education, said the USGBC looks for qualities like energy saving, water efficiency, CO2 emission reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources.

“They look for how your site is going to be sustainable and how it will protect the environment,” said Bob Poncelow, PFA battalion chief and project manager.

The old firehouse, Love said, was bought in the 1980s and intended to be temporary headquarters, with 3,120 square feet of space.

“Basically we bought a single family home and built a really big garage and called it a fire station,” Poncelow said. “It was a temporary solution to provide fire protection for the southwest part of town.”

The new station, located at 1945 W. Drake Road, is just more than 15,000 square feet.

“That space will allow us to grow the station,” Love said. In the strategic plan, Station 4’s goal is to be a two-company station, with an engine company to put out the fires and a rescue company for building ventilation and searches.

The LEED certification, Love said, fits in with the environmental goals of the city of Fort Collins and its citizens and also helps provide a healthy work environment for firefighters, who normally work 24-hour shifts.

Some of the features that helped achieved LEED recognition include fluorescent light fixtures to cut down on light pollution, low flow faucets, toilets and urinals, radiant floor heaters and environmentally sustainable landscape.

PFA is working with the town of Timnath, which is located east of Fort Collins on the other side of Interstate-25, to acquire land for another fire station, Love said. The project is in its “preliminary stages” and hoped to be completed on a five-year timeline.

_News Editor Kirsten Silveira contributed to this report.

Staff writer Kari Pills can be reached at news.collegian.com._

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