Willis Smith Construction is pleased to annouce the completion of Sarasota County Fire Station 17 (Nathan Benderson Park)


Sarasota, FL, January 14, 2016– Willis Smith Construction announces the Grand Opening of Fire Station 17 (Nathan Benderson Park). The new station is in excess of 13,000 SF and is a mixed use facility that will support both Sarasota County Fire and Sarasota County Sheriff. FS 17 will have three drive-through apparatus bays for fire and rescue vehicles. The living and sleeping quarters will have 10 dorm bunks, exercise room, full bathrooms and a kitchen dining area. The Sheriff’s wing will house the administration space for offices along with full bathrooms. Storage space, in the attached garage, will house the Sheriff’s resources used in and around the mall and rowing park.

The facility will also include rooms for gear and equipment storage, hose drying, laundry and EMS storage. Construction commenced in the winter of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2015. When completed, the new station will offer a permanent structure for first responders to the rapidly growing area around University and I-75, along with the capability of increasing staff and resources for future growth.

FS 17 is planned to receive LEED “Certified” silver status through the USGBC by utilizing sustainable design requirements and is designed to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds. LEED construction includes: incorporating a sustainable site, increased water efficiency, alternate transportation requirements stormwater design, optimized energy performance along with increased indoor environmental quality. Specific examples of these items are: landscaping requiring zero watering after establishment; commissioning all equipment to verify optimal operational performance; use of recycled materials along with locally made local materials to decrease shipping waste; all construction debris is processed and what is recycled is diverted from landfills; the materials used on the job are low VOC emitting to help in having a clean air building.

The Architectural Firm of Sweet Sparkman Architects designed the facility along with Consultants Stantec, Stewart Engineering, and TRC Worldwide Engineering.
If you would like more information regarding this project, please contact Peggy Kronus at 941-366-3116 or email at [email protected]