April 2, 2019
Alten Construction recently finished renovations to San Rafael Fire Department Station 52.
Alten Construction began working on the $10.6 million renovation project, located at 210 Third St. in San Rafael, in June 2017 and wrapped up the project in February 2019. The project includes three buildings: a 10,973-square-foot, two-story fire station, a 1,297-square-foot training classroom and a 1,342-square-foot pre-engineered, state-of-the-art five-story training tower, which includes props for fire drills and training.
“Fire stations are usually facilities that include a mix of essentials but also feature living quarters for the firefighters,” said Eric Onick, senior project manager for Alten Construction. “Aesthetics are important, but function is paramount as every second matters in this line of work.”
Fire Station 52 will house a team of five on-duty firefighters. The new fire station, however, is designed to accommodate six on-duty personnel should additional staffing be required to better serve the community in the future.
The design also allows for easy access to the apparatus bay where trucks and equipment are stored. Fire Station 52 features three drive-through apparatus bays and apparatus support spaces, including a workshop, medical storage, cleanup room, turnout storage and related janitor facilities.
The core elements of the fire station include a public lobby with accessible restroom, office, kitchen, dining, dayroom, laundry room, private sleeping quarters, restrooms and mechanical, electrical and communications rooms.
With the addition of the new 46-foot tall training tower, the San Rafael Fire Department and other adjacent fire departments will be able to participate in a variety of training scenario opportunities. In addition to the training facility, the tower houses the south area task force’s breathing air supply and storage rooms.
The new training classroom, which has space for 24 personnel, will support the fire department’s fire training academy and will also be utilized for certification and training meetings, CPR classes and other fire prevention functions.
Mary McGrath Architects designed the buildings, which incorporate high-quality living quarters for the firefighters, modern and upgraded technology and ventilation and exhaust systems for the apparatus bay. The renovation is part of the City of San Rafael Essential Facilities Project, which also includes renovations to Fire Station 57.
The fire station meets 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.
Currently, 44 fire stations operate in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the renovation, the station’s operations, response and coverage were deployed from a temporary location at 519 4th St. in San Rafael.