North Seaford EMS 200 / Medic 110 Station
Location Seaford, DE
Client Sussex County, DE
Size 5,220 SF
Date of Completion 2021
Services #Architecture #Civil / Site Engineering #Structural Engineering
Sectors #Emergency Facilities – Fire, Police, & EMS #Government #Government Buildings
GMB was selected by Sussex County, Delaware to provide full architectural and engineering design and bidding services for a new paramedic building in North Seaford. This satellite station is a primary training station with a high call volume and is positioned for paramedic-level response to Seaford, DE, and its surrounding communities. This station was designed to fit in with the neighboring rural community and is occupied 24/7 by the Western District Supervisor and a two-person paramedic unit.
The building is served by a continuous circular drive and drive-through apparatus bays that address the critical flow requirements for emergency vehicles while ensuring that staff and visitor vehicles have constant access. The station features conditioned garage bays, ample secured storage, three workstations, and onsite laundry services. The station interior has a separate EMS supervisor office, an adjoining bunk room, and an ADA-compliant bathroom. The medic area contains a three-pod office, separate gender bunkrooms that double as exercise rooms, and a full bathroom. Common areas include a large crew room with a smart video TV and a centrally located large kitchen that incorporates a natural daylighted cupula with a conference-style training table for education or small meetings. The station has a centrally monitored automatic natural gas-powered emergency generator. Services include centrally monitored/controlled entry door access, centrally monitored fire alarm system, fire suppression sprinkler system, and Opticom-controlled highway warning system. The state 800 MHZ radio system along with an internet-based direct CAD station pre-alert audio and visual system is located throughout the station with a status monitor placed in the garage bays.
The existing site had a two-story dilapidated building that required demolition and asbestos remediation. We worked with the Delaware Department of Transportation & utility companies to construct an additional turn lane. The station is served by a recently constructed county municipal sewer system, but it did not initially have municipal water. We coordinated with the City of Seaford to extend the municipal water to this location to support the fire suppression system.
This project was recognized as a “Satellite Notable” project in the 2021 Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards.