The Zerega Avenue EMS provides needed community services—ambulance dispatch and maintenance—from a striking facility on a trapezoidal site in the Bronx. New York–based SMH+U designed the 11,500-square-foot facility to minimize building volume while conveying a sense of security through a limited series of formal moves that include a folded roof geometry, translucent skin, and expressed structure. Although relatively modest in size and design, the facility incorporates numerous features that will allow it to provide essential services throughout natural and man-made disasters. But the technical challenges of crafting a stiffened structure with redundant building and communications services didn’t prevent the architects from designing a new neighborhood icon that provides residents with a sense of safety and security.
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