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Cold-Formed Steel Used in Fire Station to Handle Harsh Coastal Environment


The new Cape Canaveral Fire and Rescue facility in Florida is a far cry from the previous station that was built by volunteers in 1962, which had become outdated and inefficient. The modern station is now home to 15 volunteers and 35 paid personnel, and is designed to effectively serve the City of Cape Canaveral, Port Canaveral and Avon By The Sea. The station includes three vehicle bays, a bunk room, kitchen, office space and an exercise room.

After demolishing the existing building, general contractor W & J Construction in Rockledge, Florida, cleared the land to make way for the new 10,800-square-foot structure. Built of masonry, cold-formed steel framing/trusses and a steel deck roof with PAC-CLAD panels, the structure was built to handle the harsh conditions of Florida beach-side weather. The facility is designed to withstand 160 mph winds as well as the corrosive saltwater environment.

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