Best of New Mexico: Bloomfield Fire Department Headquarters
Emphasizing both modernity and permanence, the innovative Bloomfield Fire Department seamlessly integrates into the community it serves. Beautiful natural vistas and a wealth of cultural and historical riches surround the building, which features a weathered steel plate building envelope that will oxidize over time, further accenting the aesthetic artistry and functionality of the construction. The weathered steel wall utilizes a high content of recycled material and minimized waste by incorporating uncut mill sized sheets.
At the center of the operation, the Apparatus Bays were upgraded to include glazed bay doors. Featuring crucial safety and operational areas, the department includes a training/command center, SCBA room and decontamination area. Community interaction is encouraged in the lobby, which includes a vintage vehicle display, as well as in the community room, reception area and ample public parking area. In commissioning such a singular building, the department hopes to encourage new recruits to join this largely volunteer force, expressing a commitment to this growing area.
The judges felt the project was beautiful and innovative in its location, functionality and aesthetic craftsmanship.
Owner: City of Bloomfield
Design Firm: Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture, PC
General Contractor: Jaynes Corp.
Consultants: LRA and Associates; JJK Group; FEI-Brown Engineering; Rocky Mountain Consulting Engineers; Rick Borkovetz
Subcontractors: Bowers Electrical; Fred Cadrian & Assoc.; Consolidated Constructors; Pace Ironworks; Structural Services; Holt Sheet Metal; Martinez Acoustical Drywall; F&P Painting; Cy Cooper Co.