Tioga Fire Department Ambulance Building
A lot of towns in North Dakota use volunteers for their fire and ambulance services, and sometimes the two departments are bundled together under one roof. Tioga wanted to change this.
The new $2.7 million EMS building has four bays for EMS vehicles, along with a meeting room, kitchen, records room, and office space. The building is also meant to accommodate the future growth of the department, anticipating Tioga’s population will continue to swell over the years.
Because of the labor shortage that western North Dakota is experiencing, architectural precast concrete panels seemed to be the best choice for this building enclosure, providing offsite labor along with the durability and efficiency that precast offers. Wells Concrete was able to install a total precast structure in just seven days that was aesthetically pleasing to the town of Tioga. Precast building solutions reduce general condition site costs and allow owners to occupy their space more quickly than standard building construction.
Wells Concrete produced and erected nearly 20,000 square feet of precast concrete, including double tees and insulated wall panels. The wall panels showcased 3,400 square feet of sandblast finish, 6,700 square feet of waterwash finish, and 1,280 square feet of thin brick.
Building Size: 10,100 sq. feet
Construction Cost: $2,700,000
Precast Construction Cost: $537,836
Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panels: 9,909 sq. ft., 53 members with sandblast, waterwash and thin brick finishes.
Precast Concrete 32” Double Tees: 9,763 sq. ft., 17 members
The existing ambulance garage was made of another type of material so when the architect presented the architectural capabilities along with the durability that a precast building could bring to the City of Tioga it only made sense.
The use of a total precast system allowed for a complete building to be constructed in about seven days and allowed for a heated enclosure to work in over the winter months.
The use of a prefabricated precast building system produced in eastern North Dakota allowed for even a small town in western North Dakota with a limited labor force to take advantage of a cutting edge building system.
Design-Build Efficiency: Precast concrete offered an efficient delivery model for this project, allowing building construction to proceed while the design was developed.
Reduced Costs: Precast concrete products are manufactured off-site, under roof and are delivered ready-to-install when needed. This innovative process compresses project schedules, reduces safety concerns, reduces site disruption and reduces overall project costs by requiring fewer trades for construction and fewer people on-site.
Environment Friendly: Precast concrete structures are completely recyclable, making their impact on the environment minimal. Precast concrete satisfies a growing demand for sustainable design and construction.
Energy Efficient: Costs associated with heating and cooling can be greatly reduced through concrete’s thermal mass benefits. Reduced peak heating and cooling loads can be achieved because concrete reacts slowly to changes in outside temperature.
Low Maintenance: Precast concrete panels provide a long service life due to their durable, low-maintenance surfaces. The exterior of a precast concrete structure can be left unpainted without damage from the elements. Precast concrete interiors are less subject to damage and easier to wash. Construction with concrete exterior and interior walls provides long-term durability inside and out, and precast concrete construction also provides the opportunity to move and reuse panels to refurbish the building, rather than tear it down, should its use or function change.
Sound Control: Because of concrete’s density, precast buildings absorb sound, providing a buffer between outdoor noise and the indoor environment and making it an ideal choice for government buildings.
Element Resistant: Precast concrete structures provide superior resistance to fires, natural disasters, insects, and mold. Like no other building material, its resistance to wind damage, fire, floods, earthquakes, termites, decay, mold and mildew provides lower maintenance and insurance costs. Vermin and insects cannot destroy concrete because it is inedible. Concrete is noncombustible and can contain a fire within boundaries. As a separation wall, precast concrete helps prevent fire from spreading throughout a building or jumping from building to building.