Bluffton Township Fire District Station #31

Set within a rural park landscape, Bluffton Township Fire District (BTFD) Station #31 defines the entrance to neighboring developments, New Riverside and Palmetto Bluff. The station was thoughtfully crafted to blend with the existing park, Riverside Barn architecture, and the future Town of Bluffton passive park and walking trails. This station was the first in BTFD to incorporate a full Beaufort Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station as part of the overall design and community services.

The massing, colors, and materials of the apparatus bay allude to the existing rural barn architecture, while the balance of the station is a more traditional Lowcountry architecture with siding and a brick water table. Inside, the 8,000-square-foot station is more than a business, but a home away from home for those who serve and protect our neighborhoods. The interior design maximizes operational efficiencies, durable materials, and the well-being of the firefighters and EMS personnel.

  • Location: Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Partners:
    Architecture + Interior Design: Court Atkins Group
    Contractor: Fraser Construction
    Structural: Cranston Engineering Group
    MEP/FP: Optima Engineering
    Civil: Ward Edwards
    Landscape Architecture: J.K. Tiller Associates
  • Client Testimonial: “The Bluffton Township Fire District has had a long-lasting relationship with James Atkins and the Court Atkins Group. This relationship started back in 2012 when the Fire District was trying to develop a proto-type fire station plan that could be used for one station now and others in the future. The design team was very receptive to our ideas and worked with us to design a flow throughout the building that assisted our personnel with quick access to the fire apparatus without losing any comforts that employees are needing. We have had great success, with the Atkins Group on multiple projects as they have come to understand our design needs and our budget restraints. Our facilities are designed to last a minimum of 50 years and are equipped with finishes that provide a great place for firefighters to work and live just like being at home.” - Paul Boulware, BTFD Deputy Fire Chief