Zerega EMS Station
LiRo provided construction management services for a new two-story, 11,500 sf Bronx Emergency Services Building. The project site was an abandoned lot that had been converted into a community garden, surrounded by both residential towers and light-industrial development. The facility brings emergency services to the area and is the first New York City facility to implement FDNY's newly developed comprehensive EMS program, which improves response capability by accommodating a larger number of vehicles, staff and support spaces. The structure houses an apparatus floor with six ambulances, a refueling bay, a decontamination bay, locker rooms and a training room as well as administrative support, a kitchen and storage space. A total of 150 EMTs and paramedics will be assigned to the building.
The design incorporates a green roof to mitigate the loss of the original community garden, and encompasses additional sustainable features. Positioned on the front corner of the lot, the building location provides a clear street presence while directing the majority of emergency vehicular traffic to the rear of the site, minimizing neighborhood impact. Interior daylighting is provided by the translucent polycarbonate skin, which transforms the building into a beacon of light at night. The pitched green roof, which creates a continuous swath of vegetation across the building roof and into the new adjacent community garden location, collects excess rainwater to reuse on site and in the garden. In addition the roof includes solar hot water panels along with photovoltaic panels to provide a green building heating system.
LiRo developed precondition surveys and a vibration monitoring program for the adjacent properties during construction. The pile foundation and structural work were carefully monitored to prevent disturbance to the adjacent structures.