The City of Charlotte selected Southside to build the new Charlotte Fire Department Station #43 located on Clanton Road. Designed by Boomerang Design, Inc., Southside constructed the new 12,802 SF 3-bay fire station consisting of offices, an exercise room, kitchen, living and sleeping quarters, toilet and shower facilities and an enclosed apparatus bay for emergency vehicle parking. Scopes of work to note include earthwork grading, concrete and asphalt paving and hardscapes, geothermal well drilling, insulated concrete formed walls, reinforced concrete, structural steel framing, masonry, white PVC roofing, bi-folding doors that allows quick exiting out of the building, geothermal mechanical systems, fueling system, and an elaborate electrical system to handle the needs of a 24/7 functional emergency service building.
CMPD – Eastway
After a successful public bid, The City of Charlotte selected Southside to build the new CMPD–Eastway division. Designed by C design, Inc., Southside constructed a new 14,622 SF police station, 1,144 SF storage/garage structure and a 4,254 SF parking canopy. City officials celebrated the grand opening of the new police station in June of 2014. Housing more than 100 police officers and 15 members of the city’s code enforcement team, this station is more of a one-stop shop than older police stations. Since code enforcement addresses longer-term issues than police officers, having police and code enforcement located in the same building makes coordination between the two offices more convenient for the citizens.
CMPD – Eastway
Belmont Police Department
Belmont Police Department
Southside was challenged by the City of Belmont and Narmour Wright Associates to transform a former mill into a sleek, high-tech police station. Southside began its renovation efforts by completely demolishing the older half of the existing facility as well the interior portion of the newer half. Interior re-unfitting called for new gypsum wallboard wrapped around metal stud frames with particular detail given to the four circular lobby areas as well as the front entry rotunda. An Imago paneling ceiling hangs throughout the building. The translucent panels are backlit for a nice, soft interior glow. Other interior finishes included ceramic, travertine, and mosaic tile in a muted color palate. The front elevation features ornate ground-face block veneer with internal lighting and a barrel arched entryway encompassing a radius storefront.
Lincolton City Hall and Fire
Southside started the year out in a blaze of glory after successfully acquiring the contract to perform renovations and additions to the Lincolnton City Hall & Fire Department. Designed by Stewart–Cooper– Newell Architects, the $3.8 Million contract included joining the two neighboring structures to create one 31,000 SF facility. Plans called for utilizing conventional masonry construction in a less conventional manner to interconnect the existing city hall and existing fire department, which currently sits fourteen feet below the building foundation of the Lincolnton City Hall. Other unique challenges included creating an entirely new elevator shaft for the fire department as well as moving city hall’s existing elevator shaft. Interior finishes consist of specialized Zolotone paint for the walls, ceramic tile, and durable carpet to withstand heavy foot traffic. The entrance to the new City Hall has Tambour wood paneling suspended from the ceiling to give the interior an overall feeling of warmth and richness. The expanded City Council Chambers includes built in microphones, audio/visual systems and a recessed projection screen in the ceiling. Tambour wood paneling wraps the radius area of the chambers meeting area. Customized teller equipment by Diebold Manufacturing was installed at the new drive-up window to facilitate faster utility payments for their citizens. A full service kitchen was added to the fire house, as well as sleeping corridors with wardrobe lockers.