18,000 s.f.

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LEA served as Architect, Planner and Designer of the new Tolleson Fire Station No. 1 and Fire Administration Building. The project consists of a new fire station with administrative offices to be constructed on a two acre site at 9169 W. Monroe. The size of the facility is a 18,000 square feet, two level facility. The design of the facility supports a 10-year projected total of 45 fire employees. The facility will include a fire station, fire administration offices, public entry/reception area, a media-ready community meeting/training/conference room, exercise/weight room, sleeping quarters, and miscellaneous computer hookups, separate climate controlled and secured computer control room, media hookups to all offices, public parking, and controlled access parking area for fire department member vehicles. Tolleson Fire Station has received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.


ire station size: 15,078 s.f. storage bldg size: 5,677 s.f.

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The modern architecture responds to the desert environment as well as the surrounding industrial context. The cylindrical form of the Fire Station’s physical fitness room, cladded on the exterior with insulated metal wall paneling, with translucent glass fin fenestration metaphorically speaks to the fire stations primary mission requirement as a first responder serving the industrial context of the large surrounding fuel farm structures. The use of natural materials for both buildings, including locally manufactured integral color ground face concrete block units, the prevalent use of steel, and perforated metal further relate to the industrial buildings near the site. The Fire Station’s west façade is protected from the harsh desert sun by a continuous horizontal steel shade canopy over the apparatus bay doors while the main entrance is protected by a deep roof overhang and a vertical shade screen of perforated metal. The west façade of the Storage Building mimics the west façade of the Fire Station at the apparatus bays with a continuous horizontal steel shade canopy to block the western sun. The South facing standing seam metal shed roof over the living quarters of the Fire Station houses roof mounted photovoltaic modules while additional double sided photovoltaic modules are located over the patio off of the kitchen which double as a shade canopy.

26,162 s.f.

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Williams Gateway Airport Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility was designed with natural materials, including split face CMU, stained CMU, pre weathered galvalume metal siding/roofing combined with long span trusses and glazing offer extensive views of the airfield and superstition mountains. The building is designed to establish the aviation vernacular of Williams Gateway Airport. LEA also did extensive renovations to the existing operations building as a part of the project.

Mesa ARFF No. 15 Features include:

  • Four (4) Drive Through Crash Rescue Bays
  • Four (4) Drive Through Structural Fire Bays
  • Two-story Living Space with Fire Pole Drops
  • Dormitory Space
  • AFFF Foam and Hose Storage
  • Community Room
  • Mesa Police Satellite Station
  • Observation Tower
  • Physical Conditioning Room
  • Kitchen, Dining and Dayroom
  • Work Shop Area
  • Landside/Airside security
  • Fire Prevention Offices

15,600 s.f.

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LEA has completed design and is performing construction administration services for the new City of El Mirage Fire Station and Administration Facility. LEA worked closely with the City of El Mirage to develop an efficient and cost effective design that allows the facility to meet the needs of both first responders and administrative staff. Natural materials are used throughout the project including clay fired brick and concrete masonry which is both harvested and manufactured local to the area. The project utilizes sustainable design strategies including natural daylighting to reduce overall energy consumption as well as operable windows to improve the overall indoor environmental quality for the building occupants. Security was of upmost importance to the users of the facility which dictated that the private dormitories be located towards the rear of the station behind the perimeter security site walls. To ensure that the building would also be open and inviting to the public the lobby serving both the Administration Wing and Fire Station is located facing El Mirage Road. The Community Room serving the public also is located adjacent to the lobby which includes expansive glazing protected by a vertical shade screen as well as an outdoor patio space. Other key project features include: three drive-through apparatus bays, 10 private dorms including captain’s and BC quarters, dayroom, diningroom, kitchen, private outdoor patio, turn out room, SCBA maintenance,decontamination room, and physical conditioning.

60,000 s.f.

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LEA was commissioned to study the functional, organizational and spatial needs for the City of Mesa’s Fire Department Administrative Personnel and develop schematic design documents for a new Fire Administration Building based on the findings of this study. The project is sited in Downtown Mesa and incorporates the adaptive reuse of the existing 7,300 s.f. administration building with a new 60,000 s.f. major addition. Numerous passive and active sustainable strategies including Solar PV and Hot Water Systems were implemented into the project.

Features include:

  • Lobby
  • Fire Museum
  • Fire Fighter Memorial
  • Conference Rooms
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Car Seat Installation Shop
  • Life Safety Education Offices
  • Exercise Room
  • Break Areas
  • Communications / IT Room
  • Emergency Medical Support
  • Technical Services
  • Personnel Services
  • Records Storage
  • Fire Prevention Offices

17,000 s.f.

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LEA is currently working with the Tohono O’Odham Nation San Xavier District in the design and construction of a new public safety facility with fire, police, and community orientated spaces.


  • Lobby / Cultural Display Area
  • Reception Area
  • Community Room
  • Fitness Room
  • Dining/Kitchen Area
  • Shared Conference/Training Room
  • 3 Apparatus Bays, 2 deep(accommodation for 6 full size apparatus)
  • Sleeping Quarters for 10
  • Dayroom
  • Laundry/Decontamination Room
  • Men’s and Women’s Restroom
  • Facilities
  • Offices