In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, much of New Orleans hard and soft infrastructure was severely damaged. Trapolin-Peer Architects designed Station 31 as a replacement facility for Engine 31 and also as a prototypical 2-bay fire house for construction across Orleans Parish. The firm worked with the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create a archetypal program and produce construction documents while meeting the City’s accelerated schedule.
Engine 31 is designed to withstand 150 mile-per-hour winds and operate independently of the city grid during and after a disaster. To ensure continuity of operations during a disaster or flood, the second-floor mechanical and electrical systems are decoupled from the ground floor, with backup systems powered by a roof-mounted generator.