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Zinc louvers enlighten EMS station

New York City Fire Department's EMS Station 27, Bronx, New York, was given an updated design with approximately 6,300 square feet of RHEINZINK zinc products from Woburn, Mass.-based RHEINZINK America Inc.

The project features 3,000 square feet of Flat Lock Tile; 1,500 square feet of Double Lock Standing Seam Roof Panels; and 1,800 square feet of sheet material used to wrap custom louvers. The RHEINZINK products were fabricated and installed by MRS Inc., Hackensack, N.J. Paul Moore, MRS president, says the custom louvers and the stainless steel brackets holding them were a challenge.

"Every bracket was at a different angle," Moore says. "The detailing of the flashing around the penetration of the brackets really required careful attention."

ems1WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York City, was the architecture firm for the 13,000-square-foot project, which replaced a nearly century-old station. EMS 27 runs through a narrow city block from front to back, facing onto a high-traffic corridor on one side and a residential street on the other. Claire Weisz, WXY principal, says the EMS station presents two faces.

"To its residential neighbors, it's a demure composition of glass and zinc panels, easily mistaken for a contemporary condominium; for drivers on the busy thoroughfare, the building's row of raked, irregular louvers establishes a striking play of sun and shadow," Weisz says.

Brickens Construction Inc., Yonkers, N.Y., was the general contractor for the project, which occupies a footprint of less than 3,000 square feet, with five above- and below-ground floors that efficiently house leading-edge EMS equipment, support and services. Adding a touch of luxury, the station features a training room that doubles as a dining space in the penthouse, a connecting outdoor terrace and a fitness room.