Indianapolis Fire Station #4
Station No. 4 was originally built in 1970 as a volunteer firehouse. CSO began working with IFD to replace the outdated building with a new building, there were several challenges to overcome. First, the original two-story firehouse was only about 8,000 square feet and the programmatic requirements for the new station almost doubled the size. Second, the new station had to be located on the same site as the original building and that original site was only three-quarters of an acre. Third, the station was still operating at its fullest potential so it was critical that this project be fast-tracked to limit the amount of time that this location would be out of commission. CSO was able to design a building that uses every possible inch available on the site to accommodate a new two-story state-of-the-art station. The new station has three drive through apparatus bays capable of supporting a 105-foot ladder truck and all of the required ancillary spaces such as kitchen, theater room, and administrative areas. Over the course of 14 months, the firefighters were dispatched to other area stations, the old firehouse was demolished and the new Station No. 4 was built. At the ribbon cutting, the Township Trustee praised CSO for its ability to deliver the new station “on-time and on-budget” in spite of the original challenges.