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Waterloo Fire Station No.1


Blazing into the Future

A 1960's fire hall joins the 21st century with state of the art systems that support its daily operations



The renewal of the oldest fire station in Waterloo required upgrades to building systems as well as the meeting room, dormitory and change room. The facility was outfitted with practical and elegant solutions that were accessibility compliant. The new regulations and code requirements for this sort of public facility require evermore  sophisticated energy management and control systems. This renewal (including lighting, Zetron communication, and control interlinks) required a careful balance between potential complexity and the need for simple, practical  and robust facility operation.  A distributed rather than centralized design for HVAC systems further supported the construction sequence, ensuring that the facility remained operational throughout the construction.


Our Role:

Design, documentation, procurement, contract administration.



Successfully delivered architectural services to a tight schedule aided by well managed, inclusive and productive project meetings. The City of Waterloo project manager, Jean Starchuk, worked alongside the design team to implement a program of change for this continually occupied emergency facility. Jean is familiar with our practical approach to the work and diligent support for the Contractor and trades throughout the construction process, and she can attest to our capability for the Vehicle Storage and Site Assessment assignment.



“JMA’s commitment to finding the best solutions for the project is what sets them apart from building-specific designers. Working with JMA on the Waterloo Fire Station #1 renovation showcased their in-depth process and attention to detail. I am convinced JMA can achieve successful results, regardless of the project or building type.”


— Jean Starchuk

Former Project Manager, City of Waterloo



Project Data

Public Services


Construction Management


Waterloo, Ontario

985 m² (10,600 sq. ft.)​

Construction Completed 2013