PUBLIC SAFETY

We are proud to have designed nearly 25 fire stations and public safety facilities during the past 15 years. Always respectful of budgets and the first responders who will be using the structure, we ground our process in stakeholder engagement and consensus building to create sustainable facilities worthy of their occupants and community.

“Understating that it takes highly qualified personnel to maintain good relationships, Sweet Sparkman has provided exceptional staff that stays involved and accessible throughout a project. Sweet Sparkman is truly a firm that the Captiva Island Fire Control District highly recommends."

Rich Dickeron, Fire Chief
Captiva Island Fire Control District

SARASOTA CO. FIRE STATION #16
Facilities for first responders.
This new station, which also houses a new Sheriff’s Office Operations unit in one wing, is a certified Silver LEED facility and includes three drive-through apparatus bays with living quarters for nine firefighters/EMS personnel.
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SARASOTA CO. FIRE STATION #14
Community service.
This two-story station is a certified Silver LEED building. Its contemporary and functional design distinguishes the building as a public facility, while a tall, sheltered plaza emphasizes the entry to community space.
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BOCA GRANDE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
Respecting the past.
The design for this fire, EMS and Sheriff’s facility reflects sensitivity to its site in a historic district. Its classic look incorporates the rich details of period homes, and a two-story replica hose tower serves as a focal point.
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SARASOTA CO. FIRE STATION #1
Design for disparate uses.
This 12,894 SF, certified Silver LEED station houses four drive-through apparatus bays with living quarters for 14 firefighters/EMS personnel. A multi-purpose room serves as EMS training space and is available for public use.
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BOKEELIA FIRE STATION #3
Staying true to its surroundings.
This 7,000 SF station’s design and exterior finish reflect the vernacular architecture of its location, Pine Island, which has a great many wood-framed structures with asymmetrical ridges and distinctive patterns.
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LARGO FIRE STATION #43
Built to last.
This state-of-the-art building is believed to be the only vertical construction project in Florida created under a partnership of four public agencies. Housing 8,000 SF of bay and living space, it is rated for a category 5 hurricane.
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Longboat Key Fire Station #92
Resilient coastal design.
Located on a barrier island between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Longboat Key Fire Station #92 posed several unique challenges.
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Sarasota Co. Fire Station #13
Coastal design continuity.
This station was an exercise in using color and materials to update an existing design for a new site.
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Venice Fire Station #1 and City Hall Renovation
Modern look, respect for history.
The two-story station respects the historic context of the district, while also providing a new modern fire station that will serve the needs of the thriving coastal community.
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Charlotte County Fire Station #10
Requirements for coastal construction.
Located on Palm Island and only accessible by ferry, Charlotte County Fire Station #10 replaced an existing station well beyond its useful life.
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Sarasota Co. Fire Station #8
An expression of contemporary architecture.
Sarasota County Fire Station #8 is a new 19,300 SF fire station and re-use of Sweet Sparkman’s plans for Sarasota County Fire Station #1.
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Charlotte County Justice Center Renovation-Remodel
Design justice for the Court.
The Charlotte County Justice Center, originally completed in 1999, comprises a five-story building interconnected with a three-story building totaling 197,131 SF.
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Captiva Island Fire Station
Is it strong enough?
Captiva Island is located in Lee County, Florida just offshore in the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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