Oct. 8, 2012. Bobbitt Design Build recently started an 11,500-square-foot new station for Meat Camp Volunteer Fire Department. The two-story project located on N.C. Highway 194 in Boone will serve as department headquarters.
The new facility will have at-grade entrances on each level, poured-in-place concrete walls, a pre-cast floor system, light gauge metal stud roof and wall framing for the second level, and an open loop geothermal HVAC system. The design also incorporates many state-of-the-art fire station features, including convenience filling capabilities for fire trucks inside the building from an underground water storage tank that is part of the geothermal system.
Having outgrown its current station, Meat Camp Volunteer Fire Department could not meet the needs of the community into the future. The new building is expected to have a service life of 40 years and was designed to be environmentally sensitive. The goal is a modern, attractive and technologically up to date facility that will attract the next generation of volunteer firefighters.
“We chose Bobbitt because of their fire station experience, and we felt design build was best for us,” said Janice Carroll, spokesperson for the department’s Board of Directors. “Bobbitt’s approach for the design gave us the opportunity to provide a wish list of what the board and firemen felt would be needed in our station over the next 40 years of service to the community. A station has been designed that incorporates all these needs for the future, and Bobbitt also allowed us to give input on local subcontractors and suppliers. Throughout this process of design and construction, they have proven that they want what is best for the department.”
Anticipated completion of the new facility is spring 2013.
Meat Camp was named prior to the Revolutionary War as the place where hunters stored their dressed carcasses before returning to their homes in the lowlands.
About Bobbitt Design Build
Established in 1946, Bobbitt Design Build is the Carolinas’ largest design build contractor for commercial construction, which provides control of site and architectural design, engineering, permitting and construction services under one roof. The employee-owned company has built more than 3,000 commercial buildings throughout the Carolinas.