Burney revamped the archaic approval model by instilling a competitive process in which local firms were “short-listed on the basis of their achievements, then paired with a specific project later on,” instead of taking the cheap and easy route via a simple selection of the lowest bidder.
A recent commission under the DCE, Sunset Park’s Engine Company 201 was designed by local firm RKT&B Architecture, which originated in the 1960s and has undertaken a fair share of city commissions. According to the Architect’s Newspaper, “the building’s red glazed brick and backlighted Maltese Cross telegraph its function to the neighborhood, while the glass apparatus doors — a first for a firehouse in the city — maintain a close connection with the community.”
New York has details on another shiny new firehouse, this one in the Bronx:
The fireshouse stands out on its block of Washington Avenue like a bright plastic bucket on a rainy day. It’s not just the flame-colored aluminum façade, or the jaunty way the zinc cladding is slung across the roof, that makes it distinctive; it’s a combination of toughness, efficiency, and whimsy. Instead of the classic rowhouse with a big red door, the architects at Polshek Partnership have made Rescue Company 3 a showpiece of logistical economy, a tightly organized locker for equipment, vehicles, and men. The upper story looks as if it were hinged to the ground floor; you want to flip up the top and pop out the trucks.
Up next? A Rafael Vinoly-designed police precinct on Staten Island, the first police station built in the borough since 1962 and on track to garner a LEED Silver rating upon its completion in 2012.