MITCHELL ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS is focused exclusively on fire station design and emergency services design.  We are committed to assisting communities to develop cost-effective, durable, state of the art facilities. This focus is supported by a depth of experience gained over 20 years in design, construction, evaluation, and renovation of fire stations, with projects involving over 160 emergency services facilities throughout the Northeast, Eastern Seaboard, Missouri, Texas and Alaska. Read More

New Team Member

Heather Fagans Joins MAA
Heather Fagans PortraitWe are pleased to announce that Heather Fagans has joined our staff. Heather has over 16 years’ experience in architecture and design. Her project experience includes emergency response facilities, education (K-12), health care, cultural, and mixed-use residential projects. Heather’s skills integrate traditional and computer-based graphic design mixed media, 2-D and 3-D visual communication and master planning and all phases of architectural design, production, and project management. Some of her past projects include the South Spring Valley Fire District’s new station and renovations and additions for the Village of Mount Kisco Fire Department – both in New York.

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City of Philadelphia Selects Mitchell Associates & Hill International for Extensive Study
Mitchell Associates has been selected as the fire design specialist to team with Hill International, Inc., on a project for the City of Philadelphia.  The scope of work calls for the development of a master plan for Philadelphia that will guide the City’s capital investment in its police and fire department facilities.  The scope will include a study of existing facilities and potential new facilities through 2024 and beyond. The team will review the conditions and functionality of all existing facilities and identify needs, building and space programs, and consider current and projected delivery of public safety services. MAA’s role in this project will be to consult on what makes a firematically correct facility and to design a prototype fire station that will be made up of standardized elements that can be assembled in different ways, based on the varying requirements of the sites being evaluated. The project will kick off in the fall of 2016.

Midway Latest Project
Take a look inside the apparatus bay at the new Midway Fire Station in Colonie, NY. The 360 view from the mezzanine’s bailout window shows the functional space included in the mezzanine for storage and training.

CLICK HERE to take a look inside the apparatus bay at the new Midway Fire Station in Colonie, NY.

Beukendaal Project Featured in Fire Apparatus
In the news again… the Town of Glenville’s Fire District #5’s newly renovated Beukendaal Fire Station was recently featured in Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment,an online publication for the fire service community. The article by Alan Petrillo presents the Fire District’s story, as they worked with Mitchell Associates Architects to improve their facility while keeping costs down. How did they do it? First, they were able to make good use of the original structure through renovation and upgrades. Second, they avoided the cost of temporary facilities during construction by dividing the project into two parts.   The volunteer department worked out of the two original bays during construction of their four-bay addition.  Then they flipped – moving apparatus over to the newly completed addition as renovation took place on the old station side. Click to read the full story

Safe Houses
Read the  article recently published in ‘New Jersey FIRE-The Voice of New Jersey Firefighters & EMS” featuring  MAA’s firematically correct, safety-centric, custom design process. Safe Houses highlights the importance of designing specific features that protect firefighter health and safety, such as drive-through bays, air control systems that separate clean/contaminated air, and ventilated gear storage.

FIREHOUSE Magazine’s 2016 Station Design Bronze Award for Renovation has been awarded to Mitchell Associates Architects for renovations and additions to the Town of Glenville Fire District # 5 Fire Station in Glenville, New York. Known as the Beukendaal Fire Station, the original 1,296 sq. ft., one story structure was built in 1950, with a 3,030 sq. ft, one story addition constructed in 1979.  This facility could only house four of the Department’s nine vehicles, which were housed remotely.  The existing station had a footprint size of 6,621 sq ft, a basement of 671 sq. ft., and a wooden storage mezzanine of approximately 400 sq. ft., for a total size of 7,692 sq. ft.  The renovation and 10,147 sq ft addition brought the building footprint up to 16,768, with a storage & training mezzanine of 1,088 sq. ft. for a total building size to 17,856 sq. ft. Completion of the newly renovated facility was celebrated in September with a Ribbon-Cutting and traditional Wet-Down Ceremony.


Firefighters are at significant risk for cancer due to exposures to carcinogens.  Check out this video developed by  the Washington State Council of Firefighters to learn more about common sense practices that can reduce risk. You’ll learn how decontamination starts on the scene and how the fire station can be fitted out with equipment and spaces to support decontamination procedures. The health & safety of emergency responders should be part of the design process when you are renovating or building new. Designated decon space, equipment to clean gear & equipment, separate storage for turnout gear, and a clear separation between the apparatus bays/support areas and administrative, living and public spaces are essential.

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Visualizing a Fire Station Before It’s Built
As you plan a building, it’s great to visualize what the spaces inside and outside the building will look like. The field of architecture has come a long way in producing realistic renderings of the outside and inside of buildings while they’re still in the planning stage.