Ascension Island Fire Station Renovation

Located on Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the 30-year old Ascension Auxiliary Airfield Fire Station lacked sleeping quarters, shower facilities, modern utilities, and was structurally inadequate to house modern fire apparatus. A complete upgrade to the station was necessary to construct new training and sleeping quarters, restrooms, showers and structural alteration of fire apparatus bays to house larger vehicles.  

DRMP was responsible for all site design, which included the installation of over 2,500-LF of water main and a new septic system and drainfield as part of the renovation and addition to the primary fire station on Ascension Island.  Getting trenching equipment to dig through the lava rock on the remote rock island was a logistics challenge, therefore the HDPE water main was designed to be installed above ground on secure prefabricated concrete saddles.  The septic system was constructed as a mound system using a base of top soil created from local borrow pits.  The survey was completed using state of the art methods and a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  As a result, the renovated and updated fire station will allow 24/7 manning to maximize airfield crash/rescue response.

Key Facts

Location:

Ascension Island

Client:

Patrick Air Force Base

Size:

6,500-SF

Highlights:
  • Interior laser scanning
  • Revit import
  • Structural modification of fire vehicle bay
  • Utility/septic design
  • Fire flow design
Services Provided:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Land Development

Surveying & Mapping/Geomatics

Subsurface Utility Engineering

Utilities Engineering