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Station: Charleston (SC) Fire
Department Station 9
ARCHITECT: Rosenblum Coe Architects, Inc.
Charleston (SC) Fire Department (CFD) Station 9 impressed the F.I.E.R.O Design
Awards Jury for solutions to some complex program issues. It is essentially two
fire stations in one building. One
station houses the apparatus
for the fire response area while
the other station houses special
operations and hazmat apparatus.
Firefighters are cross-trained to
staff both stations. Between the
two stations are the crew quarters
and the CFD’s fire administration.
There is an oversized training
classroom to meet department
needs. The facility is designed
to meet the new International Building Code’s “essential facilities”
requirement of withstanding 130-mile-per-hour or greater wind loads
and seismic category D loads. Achieving a LEED Silver rating is aided
by water harvesting, daylighting strategies, and high recycle content. An
elegant plaque memorializing department LODDs is in the entry lobby.
F.I.E.R.O. FIRE STATION DESIGN AWARD WINNER
capfuls of ammonia in water.”
Adorjan notes there is no limit to the size
of the floor to be coated. “We have done up to
10,000 square feet at one time,” he says. “For
a 7,000-square-foot job, it takes a little over a
week from start to finish. The life of the f loor
is dependent on how well it’s maintained, but
perhaps 10 years down the road a department
might need a new top coat.”
Vince DeRienzo, regional sales man-
ager for Armor-Tuff Fire House Flooring,
says Armor-Tuff is the North American
distributor for Supratile, manufactured
by Armorpoxy. “This product is a 20- by
20-inch square tile that’s 6. 5 millimeters thick and made of a PVC polymer.
Interlocking, molded teeth on the tiles lock
them firmly into place,” DeRienzo says, “and
the floor won’t stain, chip, crack, or peel.”
DeRienzo says Supratile PVC poly-
mers are injection molded at more than
500 tons of pressure into molds with tolerances of one ten thousandth of an inch.
Supratile is available in 4.5-, 5.5-, 6.5-, and
7-mm thicknesses, but the 6.5-mm thickness is what the company recommends
for apparatus room bays. “While the tiles
can be laid loose on the floor, for fire
department apparatus bays we usually
use a two-part epoxy adhesive to glue the
Supratiles in place,” DeRienzo points out.
“Once the floor is applied, personnel can
walk on it right away, and the fire apparatus can be returned to the bays after
Supratile has a tensile strength of 2,700
pounds per square inch, DeRienzo notes,
“and can take tire chains with no marks
on the tiles.” If a tile is damaged, it can be
replaced, he says, but adds, “In the three
years we’ve been selling Supratiles, we have
yet to replace one of them.” The tiles are
nonskid and slip-resistant and available in
black, gray, red, green, blue, orange, yellow,
and custom colors, DeRienzo says, and can
be line-striped if desired.
Mike DeCaprio, president of Engine
Bay Floors, uses epoxy-based products to
cover apparatus bay floors and other sta-
tion areas. “We offer four options of differ-
ent thicknesses measured in mils, which
is one thousandth of an inch,” DeCaprio
says. “Our Floor Resurfacing 4000 is 40 mils
thick, Concrete Epoxy 8000 is 80 mils, Floor
Coating 3200 is 32 mils, and Floor Epoxy
1600 is 16 mils thick.”
DeCaprio says that more than 75 per-
cent of the fire departments he’s worked
with choose the 4000 series of floor finish-
ing. “That’s ¼ inch thick,” he says. “Most
departments want to do it once and not
have to do it again.” DeCaprio adds that
Engine Bay Floors has resurfaced appa-
ratus bays from 800 to 12,000 square feet
“The typical station is about 4,000
square feet and takes four days, but the
smallest of stations would only take two
days,” he notes. “Most of the stations
choose floors in three colors, although
departments can have more colors if they
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist and is a member of the Fire
Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial
advisory board. He served 22 years with the
Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the
position of chief.