West Reading Fire Station
West Reading, PA
KCBA planned and designed this new 3-bay, 13,000 sq. ft. fire station. A notable highlight is the building’s clock tower which serves as an exterior focal point while also providing key program space as it contains two tiers of training catwalks and a hose drying hoist. To maximize safety and efficiency, the apparatus room is wrapped on three sides by operations and support spaces such as a training room with seating for 70, offices, bunk rooms, a fitness room, kitchen, and a lounge. As the building is located in a dense residential neighborhood, a number of strategies were implemented to soften its presence such as its placement 40 feet from the street edge and a perimeter buffer of large mature trees. With aesthetic features such as a clock tower, sloped roofs, and large entry portal, the building reflects traditions of civic building architecture while offering a modern environment, amenities, and functionality.