In the spring of 2014, FGMA was hired to assist the District with planning for several projects that would address critical facility and operational needs.
Designated as the highest priority for the District, work on Engine House No. 2 called for demolition of an outdated, outgrown and obsolete facility. Effort to program and budget for a new satellite engine house to take the old structure’s place began immediately. Thereafter, FGMA assisted the District with referendum planning services and, ultimately, the measure was successfully passed by voters in October of 2014.
The state-of-the-art 17,000 sf engine house consists of three extended length drive-through bays for a variety of apparatus as well as separate, zoned support and work spaces as well as living quarters for privacy and contaminant control. Up to seven full-time firefighters can be accommodated in the bunk hall per shift plus three holdover rooms; separate shower rooms are adjacent to each bunk room. A large and a small day room are adjacent to the full kitchen with shift pantries and a dining / meeting area. A front entry allows the public to use a community / training room, a medical check room and a toilet as well as access the Captain’s office and shift office.
The station was designed to use masonry construction, and features a pitched roof and stone for durability and to complement the neighborhood housing stock.
Construction required phased implementation to maintain the former Engine House No. 2 so that operations by the District were not interrupted.