AIA Chesapeake Bay Honors Prince Frederick VFD

November 2021 | Century

Congratulations to all teams involved with the new Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department! This beautiful new facility won a Merit Award for Non-Residential New Construction from the AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department also won this year’s People’s Choice Award – an incredible honor as voted on by industry professionals and the community. Century provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering and construction administration services for this project. Congratulations to all project partners, including Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects, SE Davis Construction, and Bay Engineering. Great job!

Century Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering design services, as well as construction administration for the new, 30,000-square-foot volunteer fire station. The two-story building houses typical fire station support areas for training and living, six apparatus drive thru bays, one wash bay, and a museum. The station features isolated concrete footing foundations, concrete slab-on-grade floors, and a composite steel framed second floor. The framing extends up to the roof level where a secondary steel frame supports cold-formed steel roof trusses and creates the gable roof.

The apparatus bays, five of which are double-length bays with 80-foot-long aisles, typically house the equipment and vehicles used by the department, but they can also be used to host large banquets and events for several hundred people. To aid this functional adaptability, Century provided active air conditioning from a VRF system, air filtration units for vehicle exhaust, radiant floor heating, destratification fans, and ventilation air from a dedicated outside air unit system. These systems can modulate between the code required ventilation rates for both types of fire station utilizations.

Check out the awards ceremony at

Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Station


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