After a 10 year vacancy, Old Fire Station No. 8 received a substantial renovation that would restore the 1923 building into a storage and office space. This facility would be a supplement to the most currently built Fire Station No. 8, located across the street. Despite being structurally sound, the condition of the building was overwhelmingly poor and required updating the physical appearance and replacing the entire plumbing, electrical and mechanical system. The design goal was to retain the historic character of the building while making renovations that increased energy efficiency and overall aesthetics.
On the exterior facades, the existing canopy above the overhead metal doors was removed while brick and precast sills were repaired and cleaned. All windows were installed with new insulated glass and prefinished aluminum frames. Accenting the south facing windows, metal canopies were incorporated for shading and visual interest. Some of the major interior renovations involved installing a sprinkler system, storage for Homeland Security and Search & Rescue, office space for Special Operations, multi-purpose room, break room, locker room with showers, restrooms, an HVAC system and meeting ADA accessibility codes throughout the entire building.