Dir., Emergency Svs. Market, Albany
H2M Architects + Engineers
“A major trend is the collaboration of different companies, consultants and other types of specialized firms for local and out-of-town projects. This trend has become a standard for H2M, specifically in the emergency services division,” says Ross. He says H2M and Pacheco Ross Architects P.C., Latham, N.Y., recently worked together on fire stations in Schenectady, N.Y., and Lexington, Mass., the latter with Tecton Architects. “When fire responders return from a call, they may be covered in toxins and carcinogens from smoke, blood-borne pathogens or other contaminants. Additionally, diesel soot from apparatus is a carcinogen that must be captured and exhausted from the station,” Ross explains.
“In these stations, they have created transition zones that safely permit responders to move from ‘hot zones’ suchas the bays to ‘cool zones’ such as the living or office areas. These transitions, zones and exhaust extraction areas control how personal protective equipment gets handled, cleaned and stored. The efforts of both firms created facilities that pave the way for continuing to protect our firefighters.”