Delhi Township, a suburban community located in southwest Ohio, retained MSA to provide design services for a new substation. MSA provided design services for the township to pursue an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.
The highlight of the grant application and the design of the station was to focus on Delhiâ€™s long-standing reputation of being â€œThe Floral Paradise of Ohioâ€. This township motto dates from an earlier era when the townshipâ€™s landscape was dotted with greenhouses. At one time these greenhouses were a major source of our nationâ€™s carnation stock. Since World War II, Delhi Township has experienced a transformation into a quiet bedroom community of the Cincinnati metropolitan area.
This new fire station is designed to be â€œa house in the gardenâ€ as part of Delhi Townshipâ€™s existing Floral Paradise Garden Park. Nestled into the landscape, the overall station siting and access are accommodated by a separate drive that is lowered along a landscaped trail. The three-bay station is designed to be lowered below the predominant elevation of the existing park green house. Envisioned to be a LEED-certified facility, the main roof structure is designed to be a vegetated roof, perceived to be a natural extension of the park and gardens. This green roof is accented by a series of skylights that allow natural light into the living quarters and apparatus bays of the station. Exterior trellises are designed to provide shading of the facility, thereby reducing the cooling load of the station while at the same time allowing the building to extend into the adjoining park. The overall mechanical systems are intended to be geothermal, which, coupled with a high-performance thermal envelope, will again reduce the need for extensive infrastructure components and reduce energy consumption. The overall design philosophy is intended to compliment and embrace Delhiâ€™s historic past while at the same time provide necessary public safety services to this part of the community.