El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85|
CALPO HOM & DONG ARCHITECTS
2120 20th Street, #1, Sacramento, CA 95818
El Dorado Hills, California
Total Square Feet:
Feb 2004 to Jan 2005
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. - 600 Q Street, #200, Sacramento, CA 95814
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: ZCON Builders - 660 Commerce Drive, #A, Roseville, CA 95678
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Capitol City Design - 1751 Cebrian Street, West Sacramento, CA 95691
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Sigma Engineering - 3517 Marconi Avenue, #204, Sacramento, CA 95821
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Yamasaki Landscape Architects - 1223 High Street, Auburn, CA 95603
COST ESTIMATOR: Bleckmann Construction - 2421 Rio Bravo Circle, Sacramento, CA 95826
Nestled into a steep and rolling hillside, the simple and strong forms of this fire station provides an underlying civic presence that blends into this master-planned community's foothills landscape and complements its existing architecture. Clean rooflines with broad overhangs blend into the hillside, and are complemented by the bold corbelled masonry arches.
Station 85 is designed to satisfy several objectives: a fully-operational fire station capable of responding to all emergency calls, an integral and aesthetic part of its planned community, and a civic symbol to the community. Close cooperation with the community and careful programming with the Fire Department allowed all three objectives to be met.
Station 85 serves as the District's Administration Headquarters, and is meant to serve the District for fifty years. Station 85 is designed with durability and expandability in mind, to provide for orderly growth within a given footprint, avoiding future exterior construction which may cause interruptions to response calls and operations.
Split faced concrete masonry is contrasted with clay brick masonry throughout the exterior, with striping from clay brick masonry to establish a common scale and aesthetic for the area, as well as providing a durable material with ease of maintenance.
The elegant roof forms are simple hips, sloped to blend into the surrounding hillsides, with a standing seam metal roof to further establish the scale. Broad overhangs and metal soffits highlight the form of the roof. The apparatus door openings are highlighted by corbelled masonry arches, celebrating the fire station and its engines; combined with the strong presence of the hose tower, the fire station signifies the civic nature of the facility.
Interiors continue the masonry patterns in the apparatus room, with its colored concrete floor, and in the public areas, contrasted with wallcovering, carpet, and granite and porcelain floor tiles. Cherry wood serves as accents on doors, base, and furniture.
Administration offices house the Fire Chief, all Division Chiefs, and all administrative functions of the District. A 1,700-square-foot community room provides space for board meetings and public gatherings. Operable windows throughout provide daylighting and fresh air to the interior spaces.
Living quarters were designed to accommodate the future growth to a crew of ten, plus one Battalion Chief. Dormitories are two-person, semi-private rooms, with casework locker accommodations for three shift crews. Bathrooms are unisex, self-contained, with water closet, lavatory, and shower. Dayroom, dining area, and kitchen jointly form one large meeting and training area.
Site work was complicated by underground rock formations, and considerations for future infrastructure in the area. Concrete paving was used for all driveways and apparatus aprons, to support the weights of the fire equipment. Native rock retaining walls help maintain the slope of the earthwork terracing.
DIV 03: CMU: Basalite; Structural Brick Unit: Interstate Brick; Color Admixture: L. M. Scofield.
DIV 07: Metal Standing Seam Roof, Metal Soffit: Metal
Sales; Promenade Roof Deck: Dex-O-Tex; Insulation: Johns Manville.
DIV 08: Aluminum Storefront: Vistawall; Pass Windows: Nissen; Metal Doors & Frames: Titan; Sectional Overhead Doors: Wayne Dalton; Hardware: Yale, Norton, Schlage; Structural Brick Unit: Interstate Brick.
DIV 09: Rubber Base: BurkeMercer; VCT:
Armstrong; Athletic Rubber Flooring: Everlast#; Acoustical Ceilings: USG; Drywall: USG; FRP: Marlite.
DIV 10: Wire Mesh Partition: WireCrafters,
LLC; Metal Lockers: Penco; Operable Wall: Kwik Wall.
DIV 15: Radiant Heating: Watts Radiant; Fixtures: Eljer, Elkay, Moen, Chicago Faucets; Equipment: Carrier, Greenheck, Siemens.
DIV 16: Fixtures: Lithonia, Bega, Leviton.