El Dorado Hills Fire Station 84
Calpo Hom & Dong Architects
Posted: August 25, 2021 | Projects
Located in a growing community amidst shopping centers, schools, and residential uses, Station 84 is an integral part of its surroundings. Unlike the other El Dorado Hills fire stations, Station 84 is an urban fire station and embraces its neighborhood. Situated at a major street crossing, connecting the residential uses to shopping centers and schools, Station 84 is a literal crossroads of pedestrians, bicycles, and cars.
Photo Courtesy of Rudy Calpo Photography
Station 84 is designed to satisfy several objectives. These include serving as a fully-operational fire station capable of responding to all emergency calls, being an integral and aesthetic part of its planned community, and showcasing as a civic symbol to the community.
Close cooperation with the community and careful programming with the fire department allowed all three of these objectives to be met. In addition to emergency land calls, Station 84 also responds to emergency water calls on nearby Folsom Lake, thus earning it the moniker “Marina Station.”
Station 84 was designed with durability and expandability in mind to provide for orderly growth within a given footprint; this is to avoid future exterior construction that may cause interruptions to response calls and operations.
Sitting on top of a cast-in-place concrete wall, split-faced concrete masonry is contrasted with clay-brick masonry throughout the exterior. Striping from clay-brick masonry establishes a common scale and aesthetic for the area and provides a durable material with ease of maintenance.
The elegant roof forms are simple sheds and gables that slope to blend in and complement the surrounding community; a standing seam metal roof further establishes the scale.
Broad overhangs and metal soffits highlight the form of the roof. The apparatus door openings are highlighted by corbelled masonry and plaster 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 polished concrete floor. Public and staff areas continue the polished concrete floor, contrasted with paint colors that accent the facility. Cherry wood serves as an accent on doors, cabinets, and furniture. Operable windows throughout provide daylighting and fresh air to the interior spaces.
The second floor living quarters were designed to accommodate the future growth to a crew total of six. Dormitories, except one, are one-person rooms, with casework locker accommodations for three shift crews. Bathrooms are unisex, self-contained, with water closet, lavatory, and shower. Recycled carpet tiles help dampen the noise for the residents. A traditional firepole provides quick access for responses to emergency calls.
The 50’ masonry hose tower doubles as a training tower and a platform for cellular antennas. Capable of drying the station’s hoses, the tower is designed with training balconies, a training shaft, and numerous anchor points for safety connections.
Building Envelope: Basalite, Metal Sales, Muddox
Roofing: Metal Sales, Soprema
Entrances, Storefronts & Windows: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®
Interior: Georgia Pacific Gypsum Board, Dunn Edwards Paint, Armstrong Suspended Ceiling
Fans: Big Ass Fans
Flooring: Daltile, RetroPlate, Interface Carpet tile, Everlast Fitness Flooring
Lighting: Finelite, Lightolier, Kenall, Gardco, Daybrite
Calpo Hom & Dong Architects
2120 20th Street, #1
Sacramento, CA 95818
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers
600 Q Street, #200
Sacramento, CA 95811
Sigma Engineering, Inc.
3517 Marconi Avenue, #204
Sacramento, CA 95821
Capitol City Design, Inc.
1751 Cebrian Street
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Warren Consulting Engineers
1117 Windfield Way, #110
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
S.W. Allen Construction, Inc.
4777 Auburn Boulevard, #100
Sacramento, CA 95841
5640 Thompson Hill Road
Placerville, CA 95667
Date Bid: Jun 2014
Construction Period: Aug 2014 to Oct 2015
Total Square Feet: 10,869
Site: 0.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 8,017; second floor, 2,519; third floor, 333; total, 10,869 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 14’; third floor, 20’; total, 50’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal siding, brick veneer.
Roof: Membrane, metal.
Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.