Lac du Bonnet, MB
1 x 1 architecture
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
This project involved the design-build of an 1,672 m2 two-storey concrete pile and slab on grade with structural steel building, complete with insulated metal panel, aluminum strip windows, and EPDM roofing—a highly sophisticated dispatch facility, able to maintain constant contact with fire-fighting forces in the field. The project also includes a 20-suite accommodation building, pilots’ building, workshop, jet fuel pumps storage, concrete airplane apron, and two heli-pads. The facility is designed to accommodate considerable wear and tear brought on by the airborne forest fire-fighting squad.
The command centre is adjacent to the airstrip and a protruded second floor viewing portal provides a vantage point over the airfield. Along with the necessary functional requirements, the facility is enhanced by aesthetics, setting a standard for aerial attack fire-fighting centres in Manitoba.