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Mission Valley Fire Station No. 45 is a new 16,000 square foot facility located in the City of San Diego directly across from Qualcomm Stadium. The two-story building is the first-ever permanent San Diego-Fire Rescue Department station in Mission Valley. The new fire station houses engine and truck, along with firefighters and a hazardous materials team. The station features five-bay double-deep apparatus room, administrative offices, kitchen, dining room, day room, workout space, locker rooms and various support spaces.
Responding to thousands of calls a year, the station was built with future growth in mind and can house 12 crew members on any given shift. At the onset, this station will staff a full-time 3 person fire engine and a 2 person medic squad, both with paramedics. A Battalion Chief will also respond from this station.
In the fall of 2011, the University of Southern California found itself in the unusual position of having to build a replacement for Fire Station 15 in the City of Los Angeles. The new station is located on a one acre parcel at the southwest corner of West 30th Street and Hoover Street. The station is two-story and is designed to meet the requirements of the Los Angeles Fire Bond Program. The site is adjacent to McAlister Field which is the home of USC’s NCAA women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Site features include a visitor parking area, secured fire fighter parking, emergency generator, above grade fueling and a hose drying tower. A new restroom facility for McAlister Field was also included in the project.
The building includes apparatus areas for both light and heavy duty fire vehicles, Administrative Offices, Kitchen, Dayroom, Weight Training Room, racquetball court, dormitories, and the various support spaces required for a fire station of this type. The station can accommodate a staff of 17 with specific areas designed for both men and women.
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Fire Station 3 is a new 11,311 sf facility built by the City of Carlsbad. The site is located adjacent to a future park in a predominantly residential area. The Station is designed to accommodate eight fire fighters in an individual dormitory setting. Other Station features include a 3-bay, double-deep Apparatus Room, Administrative Offices, Kitchen, Dining Room, Day Room, Physical Training Room, and the various support spaces required for a facility of this type. A prominent interior feature is a two-story lobby space which includes enlarged historical fire department images as well as a demonstration fire pole. The pole is accessible through a hidden mezzanine area and can be easily accessed by fire fighters for school tours and special demonstrations.
Basic site features include visitor parking, secured fire fighter parking, sand pit, covered patio, and an exercise station. The station is designed using a combination of plaster, brick, and pre-cast concrete. The design intent was to create a Station that was not only civic in nature but included the more traditional elements requested by the Fire Department. A stand-alone Hose Tower was enclosed in an independent structure designed to mirror the architectural style of the building. The Hose Tower is located near the adjacent intersection and has become a defining focal point for the whole development.
Both the Design Team and the Fire Department worked closely with a local artist whose work was incorporated into the building as well as the entry paving. Historical Fire Department objects were incorporated into the work and placed in several areas at the building entry.
The old, inefficient Fire Station No. 7 was demolished and replaced with a new two-story Fire Station and Firehouse Clinic on a shared 1.15 acre site. The fire station design is based on a recently completed design for the City of Fremont with modifications to specifically address the needs of the Hayward Fire Department and site constraints. The fire station consists of a four-bay wide, double-deep apparatus bay, Battalion Chief quarters, living quarters, kitchen, dining room, exercise room, workshop, and conference room.
The Firehouse Clinic is a single-story building and is the first facility of its kind for the county. The clinic is a full-service primary and preventive care clinic. The facility consists of seven exam rooms, a treatment room, a laboratory, and waiting room. This facility will develop design standards for future locations throughout the county.
The City of Delano’s newest facility will resolve the facility needs of the Police Department for the next 20 years. The site solution is the final result of a the Facility Needs Assessment process and a master plan study to include other uses for remaining properties north and south of the new Police Department Headquarters. WLC studied other uses for the site to the south such as the Regional Courts Facility, Community Center, and now a Domestic Violence Center. Police operations are totally separate and secure from the surrounding sites, but will serve as the major civic architectural project to organize future development. The New Police Facility was designed to be state of the art, secure and welcoming for those in distress, and highly functional for all sworn and non-sworn police staff.
The Turlock Public Safety Facility houses Police and Fire Administrative services under one roof. The first floor locates all public access departments which includes Public Records, Property and Evidence, Field Operations and Patrol. The facility also houses a drive-through sally port and a temporary holding facility along with secured parking for 150 vehicles. The second floor includes Fire Administration functions and other police divisions including an Emergency Operations Center, Police Administration, Crime Lab, and Investigations unit. The 4-1/2 acre site includes secured parking, a structure housing the emergency generator which will provide 100% of the building’s power requirements and a Radio Equipment Room at the base of a 180-foot-tall radio tower clad in architectural fiberglass that gives the tower the appearance of being a city landmark rather than a radio tower. The main building facade facing North Broadway, a historic street in the city, takes architectural cues from the old Carnegie Center which was restored and converted into a community center. The new public safety center shares a public parking lot with the Carnegie Center and the lot has specialty paving in large bands of color that terminates with the Veterans War Memorial. The entire parking lot was designed to hold the City’s Farmer’s Market.
The Emergency Operations Center for the City of Commerce is a 2,100 sf standalone structure which has been designed under the State of California Essential Services Act. The structure must remain fully operational in the event of an earthquake, natural disaster, or civil unrest so that EOC support staff can act as a clearinghouse for response and recovery operations. The 32’ x 64’ structure is mainly constructed of concrete masonry units (CMU) at the building’s perimeter which are shear walls designed to withstand lateral forces while also providing a durable and secure building enclosure. A moment frame has been designed on the north end to allow for larger glass areas for natural light with clerestories on the east and west exposures that are shielded by deep overhangs. A 10 foot high steel security fence protects the enclosed outdoor patio and north glass wall of laminated security glass.
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The new LEED Gold Certified Fire Station No. 11 located within large-box commercial and retail complexes serves the southern portion of the city’s coverage area. The 1.47 acre site adjacent to an interstate highway is in the flood elevation per FEMA which required extensive grading and importing of material to elevate the building.
A fun fact is the use of the office building across the street in a scene from the Terminator 2 movie. With this information, the station design took on a futuristic look achieved through the edgy massing, material choice, and the red light beacons. The station is identified by the two vertical slots representing “11” on the high fin wall.
The two-story fire station consists of a 3-bay Apparatus Room, lobby, staff work areas, and dormitories. Construction materials include concrete block masonry, wood framed walls, structural steel braced frames and columns, and concrete floor slab on grade. Exterior finishes include split-faced and smooth precision concrete block, pre-finished metal siding, two-color exterior stucco finish, standing seam flooring, metal canopy, tinted double-glazed windows, and steel doors.
Interior sustainable features include stained concrete flooring, solar hot water system, skylights, multi-zone air distribution systems, occupancy and daylight sensors, and recycled materials.
Fire Station No. 1 is located on the southwest corner of Eldorado Park on the east side of Miller Road and south of Granada Road. Fire Station 1 replaced the existing station at Miller and Thomas Roads. Construction of the new station improved coverage and helped reduce response times to residents and businesses south of McDowell Road. Scottsdale Fire Station No. 1 features nine dormitories, individual showers, administrative offices, Dayroom, modern Kitchen, Dining Room, and a large Community Room. The station also has a three-bay Apparatus Bay with separate turnout locker areas, medical storage, shop, and Exercise Room. Staff parking is provided within the fire station complex while visitor parking is conveniently provided at the front of the station.
The primary function of this facility is to teach new recruits the basic skills required to become professional fire fighters.
The Office and Classroom Building is designed to accommodate general administrative and teaching functions for staff and recruit amenities. In addition, the multi-purpose component of the facility is designed to be utilized by the public for small local meetings and workshops.
The apparatus storage facility in the Training Center serves two purposes. It is used to store training vehicles and different types of vehicles which are used by the LAFD, but are not assigned to a specific station. In addition, most of the spaces are similar to those found in a fire station. This allows recruits to become familiar with some of the operations and activities they will be involved in once they become certified and are assigned to a station.
The seven-story drill tower is designed specifically for recruit training. This facility features re-circulating pump testing, Class A burn room, artificial smoke capability, roof props, gas-fired simulators, and a concrete staging area.
Strategically located within the City’s new redevelopment project, the new Police Station will be a highly visible gateway to citizens and visitors. Located at a main intersection, the Police Station is certain to be a destination source for a variety of public agencies and neighboring residents who will conduct public safety business and governmental affairs. The design provides an easily identifiable main public plaza and entrance space inspired by majestic mountain views. The arrival courtyard, acting like a small town square, creates a ceremonial plaza which connects parking areas to the new structure. Anchored with an interpretive drainage flume and ringed with citrus trees, the plaza provides a gathering space for Police promotions and community functions as it demonstrates water conservation and reminds visitors about the numerous irrigation wells which served early agricultural areas. The plan is fully refined to optimize landscaping and public amenities, shelter the main entrance from Santa Ana winds, and orient the building footprint on the site for the best security and user visibility scenarios.
The building celebrates the street intersection with a landmark presence while capturing significant public visibility and it serves as a model development for future projects. Designed to LEED Gold standards, this Savings by Design project incorporates sustainable design features wherever possible to establish an energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive design. The Police Station architecture reflects the character and culture of the community and is seen as a vital component of the City’s vision for the redevelopment of its north sector.
The new Napa County Sheriff’s Facility will be a model of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design. The Board of Supervisors voted to approve WLC Architects’ recommendation for about $770,000 in additional energy and green upgrades for the new facility, which will be built near the Napa County Airport. Added costs include an energy efficient central heating and cooling plant and installing solar panels on roofs. The added costs are expected to pay for themselves in 10 years through reduced energy costs. Supervisors said the Sheriff’s Facility will be a model for other County buildings, including the planned new juvenile hall. The changes are expected to qualify the County to receive green certification on the Sheriff’s Facility from a national board on energy and environmental design.
Final design elements included administration and operational areas for the Sheriff, vehicle maintenance, County Coroner, Public Defender, County Morgue, crime analysis, forensic laboratory, and a small custody holding facility. A shared Community Meeting Facility, accessible from the main public entrance, became an important civic space.
The Public Safety Building joins University Police functions with Parking Services functions for the California State University at San Marcos. The project consists of a main building accompanied by a separate workshop building, secured parking, and an adjacent park/plaza. The Public Safety Building includes a dispatch communication center, holding facility, property and evidence, training center, public counter, and adjudication. As an essential services building, the entire facility has a 72-hour emergency generator back-up system and can transform into an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) when the need arises. The LEED Gold building has features such as: PV arrays, native landscaping and bio-swales, water efficient systems, recycled/regional construction materials with low VOCs and a highly efficient HVAC and lighting system.
The Escondido Police and Fire Headquarters building needed to stand apart from its surroundings for ease of public recognition, but at the same time display elements of the City’s existing civic architecture to relate back to its public functions. Such elements as the distinctive chevron motifs and certain building colors were used to this end which stands out in the City’s other civic buildings. The 2 ½-story building unifies the Police and Fire Departments under one roof, and also houses the City’s Emergency Operations Center. A central 3-story atrium space allows the police and fire personnel to commingle in a warm and friendly environment.