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The two-story Station 41 is 13,500 square feet and includes office and storage space as well as ample emergency-vehicle parking. The dome portion is 120 feet in diameter with a total ceiling height of 35 feet. The station’s size allowed administrators to move their remote offices into the new building as well.
The dome design isn’t traditional in appearance, but innovative construction methods and materials distinguish it from stick-built or steel structures. Walls made of insulated concrete forms moderate temperature fluctuations, reducing utility bills and stabilizing the interior climate so that “you can walk in that building any time of year, and it will be comfortable with minimal energy costs,” Dome Technology sales manager Daren Wheeler said.
The dome shape allows for a completely open floor plan free of structural walls or trusses, allowing all emergency apparatus to be stored in the same location and making it easy to take quick inventory. The free-spanning interior is ideal for parking multiple emergency vehicles; the fire district currently houses seven vehicles and has space for an ambulance as necessary in the future.
Getting the Kamas Valley community on board with the innovative design was a challenge, but they’ve been pleased with the finished product, especially the interior, Station 41 captain and board commissioner Jackson Coleman said. “It’s going to help bring us into the future,” he said.
The exterior was designed to complement the looks of the area, especially the nearby Dejoria Center that draw tourists and their money to the local economy. “The positive part of the aesthetics is that it blends very well with the community and the Park City style,” Wheeler said. “It’s a modern-looking building.”
According to Park City and Summit County news agency The Park Record, South Summit fire chief Scott Anderson said the completed building will protect against natural disasters and provide an emergency shelter for locals. The project cost $2.6 million; other bids ranged from $8 million to $14 million.