LocationBoulder Reservoir, Boulder, CO, USA
ArchitectRoth Sheppard Architects
ConsultantsTCA Architecture Planning, Scott Cox & Associates Inc, Abeyta Engineers, R2H, Studio NYL, Design Studio West, Spec by Design, Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, YRG
Text description provided by the architects. The Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility holds many different programs. Its exterior metal shell is as red as an iconic fire truck, and stands out as a modern interpretation of a traditional building type. The facility was designed by Roth Sheppard Architects to accommodate all of the varied needs of the Boulder’s Fire Training Facility, united in one design.
Many different program types are fit into the wedge shaped administration building that alone holds classrooms, offices, kitchen, lockers, the large drive through apparatus training area and the live training classrooms. The wedge is raised on one end to accommodate the live training room and observation area. This areas maximized versatility allows the back of the building to open through the use of glazed walls and bay doors. Roth Sheppard Architects were able to improve visual communication between training activities and allow the outdoors to enter the building.
The administrative building is the center of the circular Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility that is made up of 10 acres. Surrounding programs on the campus include a burn building, drill tower, and various training props to meet the unique needs of a fire training facility.
The administrative building of the Facility has a masonry shell within the red metal roof. Slicing through the program to the exterior is a spine running the length of the building. Roth Sheppard Architects developed this spine as a programmatic separation of spaces and a glazed skylight running through the building and the site.
Roth Sheppard Architects designed a building for the Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility with a stong visual impact. The simple shape unifies the various programs and stands out in the open space surrounding it.