City of Madison Fire Station #13


Sustainable Engineering Group was hired to perform energy modeling, commissioning (fundamental and enhanced) and measurement and verification services for this new LEED Gold certified fire station in Madison, WI.

The building includes offices, living and work quarters, apparatus bays, a community room, and a green roof. The exterior of the building features projecting overhangs, horizontal banding and solar shading for exterior windows highlighted by a tower element, which assists in the pre-conditioning of fresh air for the facility’s HVAC system. Exterior materials and colors were selected for their low maintenance, longevity, and relationship with neighboring prairie style apartment buildings.

A primary architectural feature, which is also a mechanical system feature, is the “tower.”  The tower is inspired by historic fire stations, which had hose towers due to the need to hang their used hoses to drain water from them.  This tower is used to pre-treat air, which goes through an intake on the north side of the building, under the building in a thermal maze/tunnel system, and up along the tower.  Louvers are provided to shade the mass wall behind the glass in the tower in the summer, and to allow sunlight to heat the concrete mass wall in the winter.

Other sustainable features include 90% daylighting of rooms, sun control louvers, green roof, solar hot water panels, natural and sustainable materials, a geothermal heating and cooling system, rain collection barrels, solar photovoltaic panels and the potential for the use of a wind turbine on site.


Client: City of Madison Fire Department
Location: Madison, WI
Square Footage: 13,500
Year Built: 2014
LEED Status: LEED NC 3.0 Gold