Second Place Public Masonry Application

Austin Straubel International Airport Air Rescue Facility 

The new 20,000-square-foot ARFF facility reflects the owner-initiated sustainable design goal of LEED® Silver certification while respecting the unique functional and location constraints inherent to an ARFF facility. The building envelope was chosen for low maintenance, durability, insulation value, noise attenuation and cost control. It includes a below-grade area of approximately 2,200 square feet with space for mechanical, electrical and elevator equipment. The facility includes a single-story, high-bay, vehicle storage and utility area of approximately 6,000 square feet encompassing hose drying, shops, agent storage, pump and generator rooms and four apparatus bays. A 10,000-square-foot single-story, office and employee support area is situated adjacent to the high bay holds the watch room, chief and captain’s office, dorms training, kitchen, dining, showers/lockers/ toilets, SCBA, gear wash, turn-out and communications.    Building shell is constructed almost entirely of 8” and 12” CMU with cast stone and decorative split face CMU veneer.  All of the interior walls are constructed of masonry as well. The walls in the public areas are 8” Ground Face Masonry units with a glazed block base and other areas are either 8” or 6” CMU.  Glazed block was also utilized at an accent wall near the entrance.       

Work performed and features of the facility include the below: 

  • Constructed one mile long road through wet land to new site 
  • Well field for geothermal system 
  • Footings and foundations 
  • Slab on grade with in floor heat 
  • Structure is masonry with joist and deck roof structure 
  • Interior wall finish is ground face masonry or painted masonry 
  • Aluminum framed doors and windows at the exterior 
  • Tile flooring throughout common areas 
  • 5,700 Square Yards of concrete paving - access road to runway and at apparatus bays  • LEED Silver

Judges Comments: 

  • Good sturdy building to last the Fire Department for years to come.
  • Clean line and modern material really stand out in this design.
  • Very nicely designed all-masonry building! The exterior elemental relationships are well thought out. Too bad the exterior design wasn't carried through at all to the interior.
  • The use of interior decorative concrete masonry units compliments the use on the exterior.

Architect: Mead & Hunt

General & Mason Contractor: C.D. Smith Construction, Inc

Material Producer: County Materials Corporation