December 03, 2019
Alten Construction recently completed renovations to San Rafael Fire Department Station 57.
Alten Construction began working on the $9.3 million project in June 2017 and finished the project in November 2019. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 15 to commemorate the occasion.
The 9,924-square-foot project includes a new two-story fire station and storage building. The new fire station will house a team of five on-duty firefighters. However, Fire Station 57 can accommodate six on-duty personnel in the event additional staffing is required to better serve the community.
Fire Station 57 is designed to allow for easy access to the apparatus bay where trucks and equipment are housed. The new station features three drive-through apparatus bays complete with state-of-the-art bi-fold garage doors and infrastructure, apparatus support spaces, above ground fuel storage and an automatic ventilation system to prevent buildup of diesel exhaust.
The building also has a public lobby with accessible restroom, office, kitchen, dining, dayroom, laundry room, private sleeping quarters, restrooms and mechanical and electrical communications rooms.
Located at 3530 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael, the new fire station is across the street from the Marin County Civic Center, which was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and can be viewed from inside the station.
“Many of the design features on the new Fire Station 57 were created to accent and follow the same stylings of the Civic Center,” said Eric Onick, senior project manager for Alten Construction.
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 included renovations to Fire Station 52.
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.
During the renovation, the station’s operations, response and coverage were deployed from Fire Station 53 at 30 Joseph Ct. in San Rafael.