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Folsom Fire Station 39

Posted: July 16, 2019 | Projects

The City of Folsom, California is known for its beautiful location in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with views and vistas of Folsom Lake and Folsom Dam.

Photo Courtesy of Rudy Calpo Photography

But the spectacular views and comfortable living come with some risks: the sloping terrain and the combination of rainy winters and long hot summers promote the growth of grasses, brush, and oak timber that can propagate a wildland fire. In 2018 alone, there were 15 wildfires in the Folsom area. Recent California wildfires in Santa Rosa, Redding, and Paradise emphatically showed how vulnerable city neighborhoods can be. Local and state fire maps show that as many as 2,000 homes are at a high risk from wildfires — the highest of any city in the area.  In Folsom, the encroachment of development into wildland areas has increased the fire hazard.

Folsom Fire Station 39 is Folsom’s fifth fire station, located at the foot of the Folsom Bluffs and strategically placed for a fast response.  The construction of the station was long overdue; planned 12 years ago, the financial hardship of the Great Recession delayed the project until now.  

Station 39, a single-story fire station, is located in the Empire Ranch community. The +/-10,000-square-foot station features three apparatus bays — each large enough to house a fire engine, brush engine and ambulance. It also has five single dorms for the personnel that operate those machines, as well as offices and areas available to the public.  

Station 39 is designed in a Craftsman Style: gable roofs with broad overhangs and exposed bracing as part of the building composition. The site is adjacent to a future city park, and in the middle of a growing residential neighborhood.  Horizontal metal siding, along with manufactured stone veneer, emulates the residential scale of the neighborhood, while providing low maintenance for the City.  Metal roofing supported by exposed framing recalls Craftsman details.

The site includes drought tolerant landscaping and landscaped bio-swales to manage the storm water runoff.  Next to a scenic public trail, Station 39 provides an exterior drinking fountain facility for neighborhood dogs and their human companions. To facilitate the fire apparatus, all vehicular areas are concrete paving.  

High operational functionality and low maintenance dictates the interior layout. The apparatus room, sized to accommodate five apparatus, is located for quick response in the heart of the station, with office and day quarters on one side and sleeping quarters on the other side.  Bi-fold apparatus doors allow quick and safe egress from the station.

Polished concrete floors are throughout the apparatus room, offices, and day quarters, and aluminum diamond plate serves as a wainscot in the apparatus room.  Hydronic heating of the insulated concrete slab provides a comfortable environment for work and living.  Ductless mini-split HVAC units allow separate controls in each of the single-bunk dorm rooms. All windows are operable to provide the crews with a choice of ventilation options.  High-volume, low-speed ceiling fans are mounted throughout the facility.  Covered exterior patios adjacent to the dayroom and exercise room take advantage of the temperate California weather.

Station 39 was warmly received by the community in a public open house, and is now serving and protecting its immediate area of response. Station 39 continues the Folsom Fire Department tradition of service, with its roots in California’s Gold Rush era, when the Folsom Volunteer Fire Department was established.

Building Envelope: Metal Sales, Eldorado Stone
Roofing: Metal Sales
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope
Flooring: J&J Carpet Tile, Ecore Everlast Ultratile, Retro Plate Polished Concrete
Interior: Rockfon Ceiling Tile, PABCO Drywall, Sherwin Williams, Daltile
Lighting: Lithonia, Selux, Luminaire LED, Gotham, Intrigue Lighting LED

Calpo Hom & Dong Architects
2120 20th Street, #1
Sacramento, CA 95818

Structural Engineer 
Bevier Structural Engineering
2479 Sunrise Boulevard
Gold River, CA 95670

Mechanical Engineer
Sigma Engineering
3517 Marconi Avenue, #204
Sacramento, CA 95821

Electrical Engineer
Capitol City Design
1751 Cebrian Street
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Consulting Engineer
Warren Consulting Engineers
1117 Windfield Way, #110
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

General Contractor
S.W. Allen Construction, Inc.
4777 Auburn Boulevard, #100
Sacramento, CA 95841

Date Bid: Jun 2017
Construction Period: Jul 2017 to Oct 2018          
Total Square Feet: 11,435
Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Sizes: Wash rack, 1,502; first floor, 9,221; mezzanine, 712; total, 11,435 square feet.  
Building Height:  Wash rack, 20′3″; first floor, varies 10′ to 18′; mezzanine, 8′; total, 27′10″.  
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Metal, manufactured stone.
Roof: Metal. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.