Five MSU architecture students and two professors have designed a new fire station for the Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department.
The Sourdough Fire District, which is located south of Bozeman, serves an estimated 5,000 people, a number that has doubled in the past 20 years. The station’s current facilities include two wooden garages that are incapable of meeting the district’s needs.
The design for the 11,500 square-foot two-story facility includes, according to MSU architecture professor Michael Everts, living spaces and dormitories for volunteer firefighters. Everts hopes that this project will create a greater bond between the university and the fire department by allowing and encouraging students who volunteer to live in the dormitories.
The MSU architecture students — Nick Baldwin, Patrick Edwards, Thomas Legleu, Richard McCord and Phil White — have been working on the project for about a year. The idea was brought to the architecture department by Don Bachman, a board member for the Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department, who was looking to incorporate the functional and educational process into the design.
The $2.9 million bond that will allow the district to build the facility will be approved by voters on the Nov. 6 ballot. According to Everts, a similar initiative has been voted on twice before, but failed both times.