FIRE TRAINING ACADEMY
Master Plan, site development, and complete architectural services were provided for the Richmond Fire Training Academy. The complex includes a Classroom/Administration Building with complete A/V for fire simulation, lockers, showers, etc., and an apparatus bay. A separate Burn Building with Multi-story Drill Tower and Breathing Apparatus Maze were designed for simulation of fire emergencies. A wet tank is included for rescue training. The Yard Area holds a Drafting Pit, Oil Burn Pit, and LP Gas Training. Also included is a Driver Training Area. The design required an extensive technical understanding of materials most appropriate to the facility's highly intensive training purposes. Limited to fire-safe materials, the DG Group relied on varied masonry colors and textures and contrasting forms to afford the facility its visual excitement.