Ann Arbor has laid out a vision for a fire station of the future — one with a sleek, modern design and a rooftop covered in solar panels.
Fire Chief Mike Kennedy presented the new conceptual renderings for Fire Station 4 at a City Council budget work session this week.
“The slope of the roof is a total solar array,” he noted. “The plan is for Ann Arbor to really be cutting edge, and the hope and the plan would be for this to be the first carbon-neutral station in the state of Michigan.”
The city hired Williams Architects to create the sketches for a new eco-friendly Station 4 to replace the aging brick structure at 2415 S. Huron Parkway that has served as a fire station on the city’s east side since the 1960s.
Additionally, Kennedy shared a rendering of a downtown fire station in Washington, D.C., with an eight-court squash facility, full-service restaurant and a bar and dozens of affordable housing units above it.