New York City Fire Department Rescue Company 3

This high-performance, durable, well-organized, maintainable “machine” is one of five special operations rescue facilities in New York City.  In addition to firefighting, these elite companies respond to more specialized emergency situations such as building collapses, subway emergencies, and scuba operations, and thus have special infrastructure and equipment storage requirements.  All spaces in the building are strategically located in relations to the centrally placed Apparatus Rig, the most important element in the house.  Responding to the restricted site, functions are stacked: physical work areas and storage occupy the ground and basement levels; rest, study, and dining are at the second level; and training and fitness spaces are at the mezzanine level.  The primary design elements of the building’s east facade are oversized FDNY-red apparatus doors, which express the building’s identity as a FDNY facility and create an open-yet-secure street presence.


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New York City, New York, United States

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  • Ennead Architects LLP
  • Todd H. Schliemann FAIA
  • Timothy P. Hartung FAIA
  • Wm. Jack T. Phillips AIA
  • V. Guy Maxwell AIA
  • Anthony L. Guaraldo
  • Gary L. Anderson AIA, Charmian C. Place, Carlyle Fraser, Joerg Kiesow, Ryan P. Meeks, Si-Yeon Min, Yekta Pakdaman-Hamedani, Gergory L. Smith, Todd Van Varick
  • M.T. Peters & Associates Inc.
  • WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Robert Schwartz and Associates
  • Jerome S. Gillman Consulting Architect, P.C.
  • Iros Elevator Design Services, LLC
  • Poulin + Morris
  • Brandston Partnership Inc.
  • Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
  • LiRo Program and Construction Management, P.C.
  • Brickens Construction, Inc.
  • Ace Contracting, Inc.
  • Northstar Mechanical, Inc.
  • MetroYork Electrical, Inc.
  • Empire Environmental
  • Design 2147, Ltd
  • Jeff Goldberg/Esto for Ennead Architects, Aislinn Weidele, Courtesy of Ennead Architects.