Midfield Fire Station

Midfield Fire Station

Location: Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Client: U.S. Air Force

Completion Date: 2001

Burns & McDonnell teamed with Malone Construction Co. to design and build a 13,000-square-foot fire station for Scott Air Force Base, Ill. This project provides fire protection for both Scott Air Force Base and MidAmerica Airport because of its location along the 1-mile crossover taxiway connecting the airports.

The project included four apparatus bays designed for storage of four fire-fighting vehicles with one bay designed for a longer piece of equipment. The bay was designed to function as both a maintenance facility and as fire vehicle storage. The structure has light gage trusses, structural steel framing, concrete block and EFIS siding, and standing seam metal roof. Lighting consists of metal halide high-intensity fixtures and 4-foot rapid-start fluorescents.

The east side of the building houses the sleeping quarters, fitness area, laundry, restrooms, kitchen and offices. The sleeping quarters consist of individual 10-foot by 20-foot rooms, each with a bed, desk, cable TV and closet. Both a residential grade kitchen and laundry are provided and equipped with necessary equipment for on-duty firefighters. The physical fitness room consists of standard fitness equipment, EPDM flooring and full-length mirror walls.

The building mechanical system consists of a flush-out ventilation system for the apparatus bay area to purge exhaust gases from the trucks' diesel engines. The system is electronically tied into the door openers; when the doors are opened, the exhaust system activates. The east side of the building uses three gas-fired furnaces with DX cooling coils.

The exterior of the building consists of both concrete masonry units, brick and EFIS blended to match the Scott Air Force Base architectural scheme and the local building exterior finishes.


  • Design-build execution
  • P341 funding
  • Completed in just over 12 months
  • Water, sewer, storm sewers
  • Interior/exterior design and construction
  • Conformance with Air Mobility Command design guide