HANDSOME NEW FIRE ALARM HEADQUARTERS BUILDING FOR ALBANY
The city of Albany, N. Y., is to have a handsome new fire alarm building, seventy by forty feet in area, devoted entirely to the city’s fire alarm telegraph system and which is the latest improvement to the fire department of which William W. Bridgeford is the efficient and progressive chief. This new headquarters for the system will be located on a plot at Delaware avenue, Myrtle .avenue, Lark street and Morris street, recently purchased by the city. The tract is 195 feet by 200 feet and the building, of fireproof construction, will stand in about the middle of the plot about fifty feet west of the street of Delaware avenue. The structure being isolated, an additional factor of safety will thus be obtained. The structure will extend seventy feet along the Delaware avenue front and the depth will be forty feet. The plans, designed by the Obenaus-Nichols Company, Inc., Albany, to whom FIRE AND WATER ENGINEEKING is indebted for the courtesy of the floor plans for the first floor and basement which appear herewith, show a building in the Dutch style of architecture, with basement, main floor and attic. In brief the building will have the following features: The basement contains a work room 25 feet by 26 feet and generator room 11 feet by 15 feet, 9 feet by 9 feet 6 inches, battery room 20 feet by 34 feet, heater room 16 feet by 20 feet, coal room 10 feet by 16 feet, main floor—apparatus room 26 feet by 46 feet, superintendent’s office 11 feet by 21 feet, dormitory 20 feet by 34 feet, divided into 4 sleeping rooms with lavatories, bath and clothes closets. Construction—foundation concrete, remainder of walls brick, floor and roof construction reinforced concrete, windows and doors, including all interior trim, hollow metal construction, finished floors, composition and terrazzo. Roofing, green slate applied to Nalecode. Iron stairways, composition treads, metal plastered partitions, plaster side walls and ceiling. Lighting—Electricity and gas. Plumbing—Modern open work. Heating—Hot water. An attractive feature of the building, one that will be much appreciated by the men employed in it as well as adding to the ornamental appearance, is a large stone stoop that was added to the plans at the suggestion of Commissioner William V. R. Erving of Public Safety, who believed some place should be provided where the men employed in the alarm headquarters building could sit on warm evenings. Over the stoop will be a fancy marquise of wrought iron and glass. Above the marquise in the wall will be two carved stone panels. One, the upper, will carry the design of a Maltese cross, an emblem of the fire department. The lower panel will be larger and will carry the coat of arms of the city of Albany. The only inscription on the building will be the words “Fire Alarm” carved over the front entrance, the foundation and basement will be of monolithic concrete carried to the floor of the first story and above that the walls will be of Harvard brick with buff Indiana limestone trim. The roof, which, as shown in an accompanying illustration, is a prominent feature, will be of green tile. Carrying out the fireproof feature not a stick of wood will be used in the building. The windows will have metal frames and sashes fitted with wire plate glass. The doors, door frames, and all interior trim, even the mouldings for holding pictures, will be of metal. The floors and roof beneath the tiles will be of reinforced cencrete. The main floor will have a terrazzo surface, brick wainscoting five feet in height, side walls of plaster, and composition cornices. The dormitory rooms will have floors with a composition surface and walls with sanitary bases of the same material. The lighting will be by combination fixtures, gas and electricity, and the heating by means of a hot water boiler in the basement.
The Main Floor.
The hall on a the main floor is six feet by 11 feet and has at one side the head of the stairway leading from the basement. On the right of the entrance hall is a reception room nine feet by 11 feet, and off from that the superintendei it’s office. A lavatory is connected with the room. In the rear of the reception hal1 and superintendent’s office will be located th e main operating room with the instruments and switches. The apparatus is to be transfe rred from the third floor of the city building at South Pearl and Howard streets to the new quarters. At the left of the operating room will be a dormitory, 20 feet by 34 feet, divided into four rooms. At the end of the dormitory will be located a bathroom with showers.
The battery room in the basement, 20 by 34 feet, will be equipped with six metal racks to hold 2,500 wet batteries. Other basement features are: A work room 25 feet feet square, with metal cupboards, lockers and work bench; a generator room, 11 feet by 15 feet, with an electric motor for furnishing light, when necessary, and for charging purposes; a gas engine room, nine feet by 11 feet, fitted with a large gasoline engine; a boiler room, 20 by 20 feet, with two boilers; a cold storage room, 9 by 10 feet, and a lavatory with tile floors, marble sidewall linings and partitions. An iron stairway leads from the basement to the first floor. On account of the slope of the lot toward the west the basement on the Lark street side of the building will be one full story above the grade. Two subways for conduits to carry wires into the basement will be constructed. One conduit will be from Park and Delaware avenues and the other from Madison avenue and Lark street.