North Metro Fire Rescue District
Allred & Associates
Northglenn, CO
Project Size
13 acre campus

Integrated Fire, Maintenance and Training Campus

This new, seven-building facility for North Metro Fire Rescue District is the first of its kind in Colorado. It provides state of the art firefighting simulation in a controlled, safety-first environment. If a firefighter encounters a problem during a training simulation, the fire and the smoke is immediately stopped and evacuated. This state-of-the-art technology makes obsolete the traditional practice of setting fire to mattresses to allow firefighters to “practice.”

To achieve this high level of performance, consultants from all over the nation were brought together to produce an outstanding fire training facility design. Fire training props came from New Jersey, program manager/lead architect from California, and the civil design from Texas.

During design, Pinkard’s value engineering studies saved the owner over $4 million without loss to programming or the owner’s vision. This  feat was especially noteworthy, considering that the design was created by numerous fire training design specialists, who traditionally specify many costly, specialized components and materials.

During construction, Pinkard worked with the fire district’s project manager – a self-proclaimed “construction neophyte” - to overcome an inordinate number of challenges, including working with multiple specialty design contracts, daunting jurisdictional issues, a late-stage infrastructure redesign, complete loss of the on-site water and sewerage supply, and a major masonry component constructed during one of the worst winters in recent memory.


Associated Builders and Contractors' 2008 National Excellence in Construction Pyramid award