The main function of this building is the housing of fire rescue appliances with workshop and support areas for the maintenance of the vehicles and associated gear.
In addition, administration offices, training facilities and accommodation (which includes bedrooms, lounge kitchen and wash room) is provided for the watch team.
This is a fully self contained facility compliant with American Federal Aviation regulations.
Due to the relative isolation of the building and the tropical environment, there was a need for the building to be as maintenance free as possible and to be able to withstand the frequent tropical storms, salt laden air and aggressive insects.
The building is constructed predominately from concrete. Whilst the administration area of the building is air-conditioned the vehicle storage area relies on natural ventilation and the mass of the building structure to remain cool.
Completed by Grant Harris whilst at Ignite Architects.