Heather Fagans Joins MAA

We are pleased to announce that Heather Fagans has joined our staff. Heather has over 16 years' experience in architecture and design. Her project experience includes emergency response facilities, education (K-12), health care, cultural, and mixed-use residential projects. Heather's skills integrate traditional and computer-based graphic design mixed media, 2-D and 3-D visual communication and master planning and all phases of architectural design, production, and project management. Some of her past projects include the South Spring Valley Fire District's new station and renovations and additions for the Village of Mount Kisco Fire Department - both in New York.
New Fire Headquarters
Peekskill, New York
After a 20 year process the City of Peekskill, New York held a ground breaking ceremony for its new fire headquarters on December 21st. The new headquarters will serve as a clear sign of the City's bright future. The two-story, 30,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
The new firehouse  will consolidate five existing stations and will be a safe and firematically correct
station. Also included in the design is a museum  that will highlight the Fire Department's 190 years of proud service to the community. A local paper covered the groundbreaking. Please click the link to read the full article:  
As you are aware, there has recently been an increased understanding of the growing cancer risk facing firefighters both on the fire ground and during post response operations. As understanding and acceptance of the long term danger to fire crews grows there are both facility design and procedural changes that can and need to be made in order to safe guard the continuing good health and welfare of first responders and their families.  The key to safety is knowledge. The key to knowledge is understanding and the key to understanding is information.  There are many resources that can be utilized to disseminate information to your department. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York has an informational page on their website, the link is listed below.  The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters has also put together a guide to policies and procedures that when implemented will reduce the risk to Fire Department personnel. WSCFF has  many resources available including a website and a printed booklet (Healthy In - Healthy Out).  A link to the WSCFF website can be found below and a link to a video made by WSCFF can be found on the MAA website.  If your department would like to obtain more resources for information on Fire Fighter Cancer please contact and talk with us about resources available as well as how the design of your fire station can reduce the risk of cancer and infection. 

FIREHOUSE Magazine - Bronze Award
FIREHOUSE Magazine's 2016 Station Design Bronze Award for Renovation has been awarded to Mitchell Associates Architects for renovations and additions to the Town of Glenville Fire District # 5 Fire Station in Glenville, New York. Known as the Beukendaal Fire Station, the original 1,296 sq. ft., one-story structure was built in 1950 with an addition constructed in 1979. The original facility could only house four of the Department's nine vehicles. After the renovation four new bays now house the fleet and offer space for decontamination and training. The original section of the building has been transformed into administrative and meeting spaces. Please click here for more images. 

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