Boise Fire Training Center Wins Silver National Station Design Award


Firehouse Announces 2020 National Station Design Award Winners

Fort Atkinson, WI, Oct. 26, 2020—Firehouse Magazine announced the winners of its seventh annual Station Design Awards program, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were issued across seven categories of facilities in this prestigious competition: Career 1 and 2, Satellite, Volunteer/Combination, Shared, Training and Renovated. All 74 participating entries will be published in the November issue of Firehouse Magazine and online at

“The Station Design Awards brings the best in fire station and training facility designs and renovations to departments across the country and helps our readers to prepare and plan for these long-term projects that become the center of the community for decades,” Peter Matthews, who is the editor-in-chief of Firehouse Magazine, says. “The awards allow our readers to be aware of the latest trends and concepts that have been vetted by architects and fire department officials.”

Janet Wilmoth, who is special projects director to Firehouse, notes that this year’s competition reflected a significant increase in health improvements for department personnel compared with previous years. “The judges of this year’s 74 entries were impressed with the high standards for the health and safety of firefighters,” Wilmoth explains. “The commitment to physical and mental health in the station is obvious in almost every entry. Fire departments are more proactive in restricting toxins and carcinogens even before firefighters return and enter the station. Every one of this year’s entries is a winner for its personnel and the community that they serve.”

This year, the judges requested a new award category be created for the Central Valley Fire District, Fire Station 1, Belgrade, MT, for its progressive approach of creating a separate building, which is behind the fire station, for returning fire and EMS apparatus to be thoroughly cleaned before they enter the fire station. In addition, turnout gear, equipment and personnel are cleaned before going back into service. This unique approach to prevention was recognized with the Innovative Design Award.

Winners were selected by a panel of six judges, including two fire chiefs, a fire chief/architect, a fire engineer/architect and two architects who specialize in fire station designs.

The winning 2020 entries are as follows:

Innovative Design Award

Central Valley Fire District, Fire Station 1, Belgrade, MT

Architects: ThinkOne, Architect of Record, Bozeman, MT

TCA Architecture Planning, Fire Facility Design Specialist, Seattle, WA


Career 1 Fire Station Award Winners (stations 15,000 square feet and larger)

Gold Award—Richardson Fire Station No. 01, Richardson, TX

Architect: BRW Architects Inc., Dallas, TX

Silver Award—Galveston Fire Station No. 1, Galveston, TX

Architect: Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc., College Station, TX

Bronze Award—Santa Monica Fire Station No. 1, Santa Monica, CA

Architect: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, San Diego, CA


Career 2 Fire Station Award Winners (stations smaller than 15,000 square feet)

Gold Award—Chula Vista Fire Station No. 10 at Millenia, Chula Vista, CA

Architect: Jeff Katz Architecture, San Diego, CA

Silver Award—City of San Rafael/County of Marin Fire Station No. 57, San Rafael, CA

Architect: Mary McGrath Architects, Oakland, CA

Bronze Award—Pearland Fire Station No. 1, Pearland, TX

Architect: Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc., College Station, TX


Satellite Fire Station Award Winners

Gold Award—Maryland Heights Fire Protection Engine House No. 2, Maryland Heights, MO

Architect: FGM Architects Inc., St. Louis, MO

Silver Award—Williamson County ESD #2/Sam Bass Fire Station No. 3, Round Rock, TX

Architect: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, Austin, TX

Bronze Award—Travis County ESD 6—Lake Travis Fire Rescue Station 606, Austin, TX

Architect: Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc., College Station, TX


Volunteer/Combination Fire Station Award Winner

Gold Award—Harris County ESD 7—Spring Fire Station 74, Spring, TX

Architect: Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc., College Station, TX

Silver Award—Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Princeton, NJ

Architect: H2M architects + engineers, Latham, NY

Bronze Award—Monticello Fire Hall, Monticello, MN

Architect: Brunton Architects & Engineers, North Mankato, MN


Shared Facilities Award Winners

Gold Award—Vancouver Fire Hall No. 5 & YWCA Pacific Spirit Terrace, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Architect: Johnston Davidson Architecture + Planning Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Silver Award—Mount Horeb Public Safety Building, Mount Horeb, WI

Architect: Bray Architects, Milwaukee, WI

Bronze Award—Scituate Public Safety, Scituate, MA

Architect: Dore + Whittier, Newburyport, MA


Renovations Award Winners

Gold Award—Londonderry Central Fire Station, Londonderry, NH

Architect: Port One Architects Inc., Portsmouth, NH

Silver Award—Lakeside Fire Protection District Fire Station No. 3, Lakeside, CA

Architect: Jeff Katz Architecture, San Diego, CA

Bronze Award—Winchester Fire Station #1, Winchester, TN

Architect: Allen & Hoshall Inc., Chattanooga, TN


Training Facilities Award Winners

Gold Award—Ontario Training Center, Ontario, CA

Architect: WLC Architects Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Silver Award—City of Boise Fire Training Facility, Boise, ID

Architect: Rice Fergus Miller, Bremerton, WA

Bronze Award—Eastern Connecticut Fire School, Willimantic, CT

Architect: Carlin Construction Company LLC, New London, CT


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