Alten Construction begins construction on fire station 52


August 1, 2018

Construction commences for Station No. 52

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Alten Construction (, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, has started construction on the new, state-of-the-art San Rafael Fire Department Station 52.

The state-of-the-art updates include the new station, a training tower and a classroom building. The new 10,973-square-foot two-story fire station will house five on-duty fire fighters in a 24-hour shift, increasing the number of on-duty staff from three to five.

The four-story training tower, with its tallest point at 46 feet, will be a 3,322-square-foot pre-engineered building that will allow for a variety of training scenario opportunities for the City’s Fire Department and other adjacent fire departments. In addition to the training facility, the tower houses the south area task force’s breathing air supply and storage rooms.

The new 1,297-square-foot training classroom will have space for 24 personnel. This facility supports the fire departments fire-training academy and will be utilized in the evenings for certificate meetings, CPR classes and other fire prevention functions. The building also houses a restroom, office and storage room.

The fire station will have three drive-through apparatus bays, and apparatus support spaces, including a workshop, medical storage, cleanup room, turnout storage and related janitor facilities.

The core facilities of the station, including the kitchen, dining, dayroom, restrooms and fitness room, have been designed to accommodate six on-duty personnel in the event that additional staffing is required to serve this location and to allow for staff training. The building will have a medical supply cache, public lobby, an accessible restroom, station office, laundry room and private sleeping quarters with unisex restrooms.

The design of the project will be completed by the Department of Public Works and incorporate high-quality living quarters for the firefighters, modern and upgraded technology and ventilation and exhaust systems for the apparatus bay. The City of San Rafael Essential Facilities Project includes renovations for Fire Stations 52 and 57.

The building will be designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Gold certification. The LEED scoring system provides a metric for measuring how sustainable a structure is. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient, using less water and energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Located at 210 Third Street in San Rafael, the project is slated for completion in summer 2018.

Currently, 44 fire stations operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the update, the station’s current operations, response and coverage will be will be deployed from a temporary location at 519 4th St. in San Rafael.