Category: Institutional
Location: Honolulu, HI
Size: 9,900 sq. ft.
Masonry Used: 6,800 standard grey CMU and 1,200 split cinder CMU.
Submitted by: Urban Works, Inc.

Project Description

The new McCully Mo'ili'ili Fire Station has an enclosed floor area of 9,900 s.f., including a 4,000 s.f. apparatus room that is accessible via Date Street and University Avenue. 14 tandem parking spaces are provided within the service yard off of University Avenue. The design utilizes a T-shaped plan configuration by creating two smaller building components: a house of machine (the fire trucks) and a house for people (the firefighter). The strategy separated the noiser, more noxious environment from the quieter, live-work environment next to residences/apartments.

To reduce the scale of the station , the single-story apparatus bay and the two-story personnel wing utilize simple shed roof forms with generous overhangs to provide protection from sun and rain. In section, the opposing shed roofs (the apparatus room being higher) allow this space to have vented louvered openings at the high point to help evacuate warm air & augment the mechanical exhaust system.

Masonry was employed due to its availability as a locally manufactured product, and its ease of construction. Also because of the severity of the budget constraints, the architect decided to use concrete masonry as the primary construction material. The reasons for selecting CMU included:

Use of a locally manufactured material

  • Minimization of building trades
  • Simplicity of structure: masonry walls are easy to build, and can support the upper floor concrete slab and the steel roof trusses.
  • Use of a building material in an unadorned manner, avoiding the necessary expense of a second skin or cladding
  • Durability
  • Honesty of expression: exterior visual interest is achieved through the use of alternating bands of standard gray masonry units vs. darker units utilizing red volcanic cinder. The "art" or decoration of the building surface reveals how material was manufactured and how the building has been constructed.
  • The exterior materials employed in the design are appropriate to the scale and texture of the McCully -Mo'ili'ili neighborhood, which is characterized by homes and apartments of single-wall wood and painted masonry. The exterior block surfaces are coated with a transparent antigrafitti sealer, and the banding motif provides for an honest and creative expression of durability and solidity. The opposing shed rood forms with the overhanging eaves are clearly residential in expression.

    Project Participants

    Owner: Honolulu Fire Department

  • Architect/Desinger: John Ida, Urban Works, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Kathleen Wong, SSFM International
  • General Contractor: Bruce Koyanagi, Allied Construction
  • Masonry Contractor: Karl Kamada, Affiliated Construction, LLC
  • Masonry Supplier: Keith Kido, Tileco, Inc.