Johnson Roberts Associates conducted a feasibility study for the Town of Northborough to determine the best option to house their fire department. Built in 1975, the current Northborough Fire Station was designed to accommodate an all-volunteer department. As such, the space lacks sleeping quarters for firefighters and provisions for female firefighters. While upgrades over the years created some accommodations for full-time career staff, the station does not meet current needs. Since 1975, the town has grown significantly and the nature of department has changed. In addition to firefighting, the department now provides emergency medical services, which account for over half their call volume. Given these factors, the town recognized the need to renovate or replace the existing station.
Johnson Roberts Associates worked with the town to develop and evaluate options for expanding the existing station or constructing a new facility on the current site or another site. After considering multiple options, the town chose a site with several advantages over the existing location. The new site provides ample space to meet current department needs as well as the flexibility to allow future expansion.