Phoenix Fire Station #72

Phoenix Fire Station #72

Project Details

Building Type:

    Fire Station


    Phoenix, Arizona

Square Footage


Project Type

    Building Commissioning; LEED Energy Analysis

Project Team


City of Phoenix


HDA Architects


Kraemer Engineering


Heideman Associates, Inc


FCI Constructors

CX Agent:

Quest Energy Group

Phoenix Fire Station #72

Phoenix Fire Station #72 in Phoenix, Arizona has earned LEED Gold. The 9,700-square-foot facility was approved by voters and built with 3.1 million dollars in bonds. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Public Safety Manager Jack Harris, Councilwoman Peggy Neely (District 2), and Phoenix Fire Assistant Chief Ken Leake attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for the fire station lauding the achievement as meeting the needs of a rapidly growing housing development area where response times were previously exceeding 10-15 minutes. Phoenix Fire Station #72 is the first Phoenix fire station to utilize photovoltaics for power generation.

This building minimized energy use by utilizing a well insulated envelope and high performance glass. The main roof construction is one foot of rigid insulation providing an overall thermal resistance of R-60.  The lighting in the fire station consists of low energy fixtures and occupancy sensors to help reduce lighting hours. Exterior lighting was designed very efficiently and is 44% better then ASHRAE allowed levels.  The mechanical system consisted of 4 high-efficiency packaged unitary systems which provide space conditioning.  These units have a cooling efficiency of SEER 15 and utilize an 80% efficient gas heating system. Economizers were also utilized to provide free cooling when ambient conditions are favorable.  The apparatus bay is efficiently conditioned by evaporative coolers.

An 11.5 kW photovoltaic (PV) system has been specified for this building. It is estimated that it will produce 15,689 kWh (approximately 8% of total electric energy).  Through the combination of these energy efficient design features and renewable energy source this building has achieved over 29% energy cost savings over ASHRAE standards.  In addition to performing energy modeling for the LEED, Quest Energy Group performed commissioning for the project. 

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