Fire & Rescue Station No. 2

Carrboro, NC

Project Summary

A new fire station for the Town of Carrboro was designed to meet LEED Silver requirements.

Project Highlights

  • Solar thermal hot water system
  • Water saving plumbing fixtures
  • Rain water reclamation and re-use
  • Energy efficient HVAC systems
  • 2013 Station Style Bronze Award


This project was a new 8,800 SF, two-bay fire station for the Town of Carrboro. Optima provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design services. A solar thermal hot water system was provided as part of several sustainable design alternatives, including water saving plumbing fixtures, rain water reclamation and re-use, and energy efficient HVAC systems. The new station was designed to meet LEED Silver requirements, although the Town ultimately elected not to pursue the certification process. The fire station has drive through apparatus bays, and includes decontamination areas, a tool shop, storage, watch office, triage, kitchen and dining, a large training room, exercise room, sleeping quarters and a covered patio. The rear yard of the facility includes ample room for outdoor training props and equipment.  In 2013, the project was recognized by Fire Chief magazine’s annual Station Style Awards, winning a Bronze award for the design of a Satellite station.

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