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Middlebury Fire Station


Middlebury, VT

Original 1930s Fire Station

Original 1930s Fire Station

Middlebury’s fire station was built in three stages—the 1930s original building, shown here, a 1978 two bay addition, and this 2013 four-bay addition and gut renovation, including these changes:

  • Main station additions and gut renovations to historic fire station

  • Four new apparatus bay addition structured to house future second floor sleeping addition

  • Large meeting space, offices, lower level training space

  • Ropes rescue training in main stair tower

  • Highly energy efficient and minimal maintenance materials selected

  • Seymour Street grades modified to optimize slope at apron


“I first met Chris Huston in 2011, while the Town of Middlebury was in the process of updating its fire facilities. Chris brought energy, respect, and process to a very diverse citizen led building committee. Chris took the time to fully understand each member’s role as the process began to unfold. Through the process, Chris was always mindful of the fact that this facility had a very tight budget, and encouraged the board to look at all possible options for procurement. 

As one can imagine, a citizen led board that represented Middlebury College, East Middlebury Water District, Battell Hose Company, Town of Middlebury, Middlebury Fire Department, and the taxpayers of the Town of Middlebury, could be a difficult group to keep focused. Chris facilitated most, if not all, of our meetings, so as everyone on the board felt as their thoughts and ideas were heard, and that our differences were respected. A skill set that did not go unnoticed.”

-- Chief David Shaw

Project Completed with Bread Loaf Corporation