ED lab INC
Robin Randall

Plainfield Fire
Protection District

"Embracing the Hillside,
Overlooking the Floodplain"

Architect: FGM Architects
Senior Designer: Robin Randall
Photography: TBD
Client: Plainfield Fire Protection District

Completed in 2011
Science of Learning:
Designed to maximize the views on the hillside site, this two story administration and training facility opens to views and grade level entries on both levels. The training facility on the lower floor inspires body kinetic learners through active hands on fire protection activities both within the interior training halls and on the outdoor plaza accessible to large fire trucks. The administrative office lobby overlooks the training facility and museum hall where historic displays and monitors show past and present activities.

Language of Nature:
Sensitive to the flood plain, detention is located within native landscaped basins separate but compatible in appearance. Concrete and stone walls terrace the site to allow access and provide scenic overlooks. A walking trail is planned around the site for pedestrian access and educational activities. The upper courtyard landscape echoes the architectural layered walls and is viewed from all offices and conference rooms.

Art of Innovation:
Planned with innovative technology, lighting and mechanical systems the training center has become a regional educational destination for Chicago fire personnel. Flexible meeting areas and break out spaces can accommodate large crowds for conferences as well as the annual pig roast and pancake breakfasts. Elegant durable materials such as local stone, brick and metal distinguish this modern facility creating a community landmark.