Charlottesville, VA

Fontaine Fire Station

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering
LEED Energy Modeling
Geothermal Design

The original Fontaine Fire Station, built in the 1960s, was one of three stations in Charlottesville at the time and was a relatively small department with very large responsibilities. Officials identified the need for a multi-use complex to not only modernize and consolidate fire and rescue operations but to house administration, operations, public education, training, fire apparatus, and the fire mechanic’s shop.

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Sustainability-focused MEP/FP engineering which includes:

  • A 20,000 gallon rainwater-harvesting cistern, low-flow fixtures, and on-site captured rainwater for flushing toilets and washing fire apparatus.
  • Extensive natural lighting supplemented by solar tubes and facility-wide usage of LED lighting and occupancy sensors.
  • On-site renewable energy production with a 17.7 kW photovoltaic (PV) roof-mounted system.
  • CO2-controlled dedicated ventilation.
  • MEP/FP systems that support “training by design” by simulating smoke and confined spaces for firefighter training.

LEED consulting. 2RW provided LEED planning, energy modeling, and documentation development services for this LEED-Platinum facility.

Geothermal design. The station incorporates efficient standing column well geothermal heating and cooling to condition all occupied spaces.

  • LEED Platinum certification, demonstrating a strong commitment to the City’s long-term vision of conserving energy and promoting environmentally sustainable building practices.
  • A modeled energy cost savings of 48% and a 51% reduction in potable water usage from baseline.
  • A state-of-the art facility that incorporates training by design to provide the highest level of support for the community. The station has garnered national interest, drawing fire and rescue teams from around the country to its training programs.
Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering
LEED Energy Modeling
Geothermal Design

OWNER: City of Charlotteville

TIMEFRAME: 2011 – 2013

SIZE: 40,200 SF

COST: $14 million

  • Awarded an Innovation in Design point based on the criteria of Pilot Credit 59: Occupant Engagement.
  • Extensive use of building operations system to trend HVAC and plumbing systems to identify and detail performance issues for construction team to resolve.


2016 – 1st Place Academic, Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Award, VAEEC
2014 – Award of Honor (Gold), F.I.E.R.O Fire Station Design Award
2010 – Award of Honor (Gold) “On the Boards”, F.I.E.R.O Fire Station Design Award

LEED Platinum