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Walpole and Newton Fire Department Projects Win FIERO Award!

January 15, 2020

Compass is excited to announce that its Fire & Rescue Headquarters project in Walpole, Massachusetts received an Honor Award (Gold) and Fire Headquarters and Station No. 3 project in Newton, Massachusetts received a Merit Award (Silver) by the Fire Industry Education and Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) at its annual Station Design Symposium.

The new Walpole Fire Station, designed by SchwartzSilver, officially opened on June 2, 2018. The new Fire Station was constructed on the site of the original Fire Station. As part of the project, the Fire Department operated out of a temporary location while the existing Fire Station was demolished in order to provide space for the new Station. The new, multi-story Fire Station is aproximately 22,000 square feet and houses the Town’s fire operations including administration, fire fighting, rescue and dispatch services. The building includes six double-depth apparatus bays for the department’s fire engines, ladder truck, ambulances and other support vehicles. The two-story administration and support wing is where the Department’s administrative offices, watch room, back up dispatch and bunking quarters are located. 

The Newton station was an addition/renovation project that included a five-bay drive through apparatus bay, bunkrooms, support space, offices for administration and fire prevention, a 40-seat EOC room, a new 120-foot radio tower and the City of Newton’s backup dispatch center. The building was situated in a challenging location bordered by an aqueduct, a neighborhood and Centre Street. A new access onto Centre Street was created and reduced critical response time in the village of Newton Centre, a very busy area.

Congratulations to all!

Pictured: SchwartzSilver team members, Jim Johnson, Walpole Town Manager, Fire Chief Bailey, Deputy Chief Barry

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