New Energy-Efficient Fire Station

IMEG provided engineering design services for the City of Des Moines’ new Fire Station #11. The new facility houses a day room, kitchen, sleeping quarters, dispatch, exercise area, training, laundry, apparatus bay, gear storage, and shop/utility room.

The new building was designed to LEED V4 standards and sustainable features include a 27-ton water-cooled VRF system with geothermal well field, and a photovoltaic system on the roof. Projected energy savings are 38% compared to ASHRAE 90.2- 2010 baseline code.

The new vehicle exhaust capture system slides on a rail and automatically disconnects from fire trucks when they exit the fire station. Sensors at entry doors to automatically increase the exhaust airflow in Apparatus Bay when trucks enter.

IMEG engineers designed a pressure control system to prevent contaminated air from equipment and gear from entering the occupied areas of the building. Along with an energy efficient system, building occupants are safe and comfortable.

IMEG participated in many design meetings with the architect, the owner, and the user group to develop a facility that met the needs and requirements of the stakeholders.


Photo courtesy of SVPA Architects.

City of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
16,000-sf New
Services Provided

Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Technology, Security, Construction Administration