Brownsville – The Chicago and New York-based architectural firm, Studio Gang, is currently constructing a new firehouse and training center for the FDNY’s Brooklyn Rescue Company 2.
Located at 1815 Sterling Place on the border of Crown Heights and Brownsville, the three-story, 20,000-square-foot facility was designed with a void at its core to allow rescue workers to stage “emergency conditions in, on, and around the building,” according to Studio Gang’s website.
Spanning from the ground-floor up to the roof, the interior void will allow firefighters to simulate rescue scenarios similar to situations found in the city involving balconies, bridges, doorways, ladders, and stairs, Brownstoner reports. The void will also allow natural light and fresh air to flow into the living quarters of the facility.
The energy-efficient building will have a green roof and terrace, a solar water-heating system, as well as a geothermal HVAC system. Other features include a backyard for grilling and socializing, open air porches, and an exercise room.
When complete, the modern concrete structure will feature bright, red glazed terra-cotta tiles lining the exterior trim of the building’s doors and windows.
The $32 million project is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2018.