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Civil Engineering Collaborates with City to Build New Fire Station


Civil Engineering Collaborates with City to Build New Fire Station

June 14, 2012

Civil Engineering Collaborates with City to Build New Fire Station

Civil Engineering Collaborates with City to Build New Fire Station

The Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at El Paso has been given an award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for the project "Multidisciplinary SMART Design of Fire Station 513".

The development of the Multidisciplinary SMART Design of Fire Station 513 was a collaboration between the City of El Paso and UTEP Civil Engineering's Senior Project class with support from the Engineering in Practice Program directed by Dr. Carlos Chang, Assistant Professor from the Civil Engineering Department. The Fire Station 513 will be a 14,000ft2 fire station with seven drive-thru apparatus parking bays that will obtain a minimum Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, comply with City SMART code regulations, and incorporate local art. To obtain a minimum LEED Certificate the fire station must have green strategies including energy efficiency, water conservation, and material resources.

"The involvement from the Engineering and Planning Department from the City of El Paso and Engineering Consultants was key for obtaining this award. R. Alan Shubert, P.E., City Engineer and Irene Ramírez, P.E., Assistant City Engineer from the City of El Paso and Mijares Mora Architects, that were awarded the final design of the Fire station, have worked closely with our Civil Engineering department to provide us with real-life projects for the students" said Dr. Ivonne Santiago, P.E. and lecturer at the Civil Engineering Department.

Designing Fire Station 513 provided UTEP graduate and undergraduate Civil Engineering students the opportunity to learn a long-term career lesson, that engineering requires working as a team in a professional setting with the aim to design and build facilities that better serve the community. Students collaborated with UTEP faculty and licensed professional engineers to make the fire station a success.

"I was very proud that the students took over the challenge of this new approach to learning about professional practice with this multidisciplinary project. We definitely have raised the bar of our design courses by having a project that incorporates the five areas of Civil Engineering taught in our department, namely, Structural, Geotechnical, Environmental, Transportation, and Construction Management," Dr. Santiago added.

For more information please contact: Ivonne Santiago at or 915-747-5464.

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The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437

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