GODFREY, IL – Godfrey Fire Protection District (FPD) recently celebrated the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony of its new Firehouse No. 1 / Administration Center this month. S. M. Wilson served as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project, with FGM Architects as the Project Architect and Northstar Management as the Owner’s Representative. 

This was the official dedication of the building, even though the department had a soft opening and had been moving into the facility since March 1. 

The completion of our new state-of-the-art fire station marks a significant milestone for the Godfrey Fire Protection District. Our collaboration with S.M. Wilson has been exemplary, reflecting a shared commitment to excellence and community safety. We are thrilled with the results and confident that this facility will enhance our service capabilities and response times, ensuring the well-being of the community we serve,” said Gerald Fischer, trustee president of the Godfrey Fire Protection District 

Completed in February, this 15,095 SF facility is a combined firehouse and administration building that replaces two former fire stations. This location is more centrally located with room for growth to accommodate the ever-changing and increasing demand for emergency services. Relocating Godfrey’s fire services to a single building with all the equipment in one central location allowed for better and more efficient manpower allocation during emergency response. 

This modern, state-of-the-art building includes four drive-thru apparatus bays, medical and other supplies space, training and administrative areas, meeting spaces, offices, and living quarters. The firehouse was designed as a one-story building with a partial mezzanine on the second level to accommodate the apparatus bays.

S. M. Wilson has completed other municipal projects throughout Illinois and Missouri including the City of Highland Public Safety Building, City of Edwardsville R. P. Lumber Center, Creve Coeur Fire Protection District Fire Station No. 2, City of Maplewood Fire Station No. 1 and City of Frontenac Municipal Building.