Client City of Galveston

Crystal Beach and San Leon EMS Facility Design

Galveston County, TX

Galveston County was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ike and the deficiencies in emergency services were exposed. As part of the rebuilding effort, the County was provided funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for design and construction of various facilities.

Projects included the following:

• A large Fire/EMS facility with separate living quarters. This six-bay, double-depth, 12,000 SF facility featured pull through design, equipment storage, full kitchen, a community room and office space.

• A 6,400 SF metal building design with back-in approach, three-bays and double depth vehicle parking. The office space was
scaled back in these facilities to include community room space, restrooms and an abbreviated office suite.

• Finish-out of a metal building erected by the Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) after the Hurricane. The finish-out included numerous offices, a community room and shower spaces. Site work completed the building by providing site paving between the edge of the building and the street.

All projects required special design considerations due to their coastal proximity, including wind loading and impact resistance of the fenestration. The designs also considered the effects of coastal wave action potential. This included foundation designs that were elevated above the base flood elevation (BFE) and that could survive in “V-zones” present on the coast.

At a glance

12,000 SF fire/EMS facility

6,400 SF office space

Community Development Block Grand funded program


Heavy damage in emergency services

Coastal proximity design considerations

USACE coordination


Discovery Recovery