In my third year, my studio class spent eight weeks designing a new Fire Station for the town of St. Charles, Illinois. As a civic building that could become an icon of St. Charles, our designs needed to reflect that possibility. Our studio professor pushed us to develop both an idea and a concept that would focus our design intentions to not only enhance our design, but to also give it some meaning. My design aimed to capture the growing technology of firefighting by symbolizing a machine – one that holds the machines and the people that fight fires. The station featured an exposed structural system of steel beams and trusses along with precast concrete panels. This exposed system was intentional to develop the “technology based” aesthetic. The large amounts of glazing were not only for natural daylighting but also to create a civic presence in the evening through interior illumination.