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City of Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Station No. 11

This project included the development of a new fire and rescue station on a plot exceeding 4 acres, complete with an entrance drive and a fully functional parking lot. 


Developing Fire Rescue Station No. 11 presented multiple obstacles. The site demanded precise grading to reduce the need for rock excavation. Essential utility services, including a 4,400-foot sanitary sewer force main, had to be installed due to the absence of a local sewer system. Another complexity arose from the Alabama Department of Transportation's requirements for driveway and utility permitting. The project also faced a unique challenge of being a city project without access to city-based utilities. To overcome this, an unconventional agreement was worked out between city officials and a local water authority to tie into the authority’s nearby existing water system. 


The TTL team minimized the rock excavation needed by performing detailed site grading to elevate the station's location. Despite raising the site, the team prioritized seamless road connectivity for emergency vehicles and implemented an extensive system for storm management, sanitation, and a sanitary force main with a pump station. Additionally, due to the lack of city water availability, the team coordinated with the local water authority to secure water service so that the station's operational needs were fully met. 


Vance, AL


Williams Blackstock Architects


City of Tuscaloosa



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