May 19, 2017
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Alten Construction, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, has completed a new Fire Station No. 3 and Emergency Operations Center for the City of Alameda.
The two facilities are adjacent to each other on the same piece of property, which is about half an acre. The Fire Station at 1625 Buena Vista Ave. is nearly 9,000 square feet, and the Emergency Operations Center at 1809 Grand St. is about 3,400 square feet. Both buildings are two stories, have an exterior stucco finish and were designed by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects.
Up to two firefighter companies will conduct operations out of the Fire Station, and the Emergency Operations Center will be used as a hub of operations by a variety of departments from the City of Alameda in the event of an emergency and for training exercises.
“It was a great experience working with Alten Construction,” said Flavio Barrantes, a project manager for the City of Alameda Public Works Department. “This project was a challenge because it involved constructing two buildings with a shared parking lot on a relatively small parcel of land, but everyone worked together, and I honestly believe as a result the City of Alameda has gained a really outstanding facility.”
The Fire Station replaces an older station that isn’t big enough for current needs and a rented house where firefighters have been living. The new station has an apparatus bay for a fire engine, living space for the firefighters and a fire pole. Firefighters requested that a wooden door and a light from the old fire station make the trip with them, so both will be installed near the entrance of the new station.
The exterior of the facility also includes a bio-retention pond and flow-through planters, both of which help reduce stormwater runoff, one of the leading causes of pollution in bodies of water.
Alten Construction has previously completed 12 fire stations plus a facility with an emergency operations center and city offices.