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  • Type Renovation / Addition
  • Services Architecture, Interiors
  • Size 13,000 SF

The Challenge

Located in Middlesex County New Jersey, Dunellen Borough’s firehouse was constructed in 1962. In the fall of 2021, a fire severely damaged the firehouse’s apparatus bay, interior finishes, and electrical and mechanical systems, rendering it inhabitable. As the only fire emergency service in the borough, Alloy5 was tasked with assisting in the reconstruction process and providing the volunteer firefighters with a proper firehouse.

Our Approach

Alloy5 approached reconstruction as an opportunity for enhancements to the existing facility, both inside and outside of the fire station. ADA and code upgrades were necessary throughout the building, particularly in the restrooms. The entry sequence would be addressed to maximum lobby space. MEP upgrades were addressed to create a safe and healthy environment for volunteers and staff.

Design Solution

A west façade intervention will greet the public and let the citizens know that the Dunellen firehouse is restored and prepared to serve the community. The iconic cupola and fire engine crest will be restored to preserve the historic station while new brick, windows, and doors will highlight the investment into the facility. Neutral finishes with red accents will brand the fire station while allowing for minimal maintenance for volunteers.