Metal Firehouse Building in Gallatin, Texas
Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc., was proud to fabricate and supply this pre-engineered metal building for a customer in Gallatin, Texas, in June of 1997.
These days, the versatile, exceedingly strong steel arch building serves as a firehouse for the Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department, which provides fire suppression, fire prevention education, emergency response and related services to residents of Gallatin and throughout Cherokee County and eastern Texas. Currently, the Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department boasts about 20 members, and the department has experienced substantial growth in recent years, leading to the construction of a second department facility.
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This particular prefabricated steel firehouse has served as the department’s home for 22 years, and it will likely continue to serve an important role in the department’s fire suppression and other efforts for generations to come.
Part of Cherokee County, in eastern Texas, Gallatin is a sparsely populated agricultural community that covers less than 5 square miles. The area sits about 6 miles north of Rusk and about 123 miles southeast of Dallas.
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This prefabricated metal firehouse features an arch-style design, which frees up usable interior space by eliminating posts, trusses or other obstructions, and it is comprised of 1,578 square feet of 29-gauge hi-rib steel wall panels. Metal arch buildings are typically relatively easy to erect due to their simple design, and once raised, this particular steel arch building stands 50’x62’ in size.
The front and rear ends of the fire department are open, and each end features flashing that helps prevent moisture from penetrating the building and seeping inside. A 90-mph wind speed rating serves as an additional arch building customization added in adherence to building codes currently in place across Gallatin.