Bush Construction gives an old firehouse a new lift
The Central Fire Station in Davenport, Iowa, is the oldest firehouse in operation west of the Mississippi River. In fact, the building is so old, it was originally outfitted for horses when it was built in 1901! Bush Construction was chosen to carry out designs from The Galante Architecture Studio in Boston starting in January 2015 to renovate the century-old firehouse in a way that maintains its 1900s charm and also gives the station a beautiful, modern addition.
Bush Construction is now making that renovation a reality. The plan involves demolishing an addition built in the 1940s in order to create a 20,000 square foot expansion beyond the station’s original 10,000 square foot unit.
“Bush Construction is excited to take on a project that means so much to our fire department and community,” said Jerod Engler, vice president of construction. “It’s a great building, and it’ll be great to see a finished product that preserves its historical elements while adding modern utility and design.”
However, while the oldest part of the building will be renovated in a way that maintains historical standards and characteristics, the addition will look and feel modern, incorporating terra cotta, metal panels and lots of glass.
“It’s going to be a really nice-looking building at the end of the day,” said Welborn.