Fire stations of the world: San Diego Fire Station 50, California, US
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's new Fire Station 50 in University City, which was opened in November 2020, is part of the city's effort to renovate facilities, while the new aerial is designed for high density residential areas. Station 50 is located at 7177 Shoreline Drive, off Nobel Drive a little west of Interstate 805. Fire Station 50 sits on the idyllic Rose Canyon in the University City neighbourhood of San Diego, California in the US. Devised as a 3-storey structure to minimise its footprint and diminish impact to the canyon and vegetation, it is surrounded by native, non-invasive, drought-tolerant landscaping that’s maintained by the fire fighters.
The 12 000 square-foot building is three storeys high and has three apparatus bays, a sleeping area for up to 10 fire fighters, a kitchen, a day room, a watch room, a gym and a training room located on the top floor along with a large outdoor terrace, capitalising on the light, air and views of the canyon. Housing features including a massive rooftop terrace create a functional and uplifting environment for its residents. The project is targeted for LEED Silver.
The huge metal sculpture on the building’s side represents “blue” Rose Creek running through “coppery” Rose Canyon, which the fire station is positioned above. The artist, Susan Zoccola, has an assortment of great photos on her website, including images taken at night when the sculpture is lit.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who was scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with fire Chief Colin Stowell, touted it as the sixth new fire station to be built during his tenure, which began in 2014 and will end next month when he reaches the end of his term.
The city has renovated four other stations during that same time, according to a press release.
The new stations were built in City Heights, Little Italy, Mission Valley, Point Loma and Hillcrest. The city renovated stations in La Jolla, Mira Mesa, North Park and Southcrest.
"There's no bigger priority than public safety and the record investments we're making right now to protect the quality of life in our neighbourhoods will last for generations," Mayor Faulconer said in a statement. "This new fire station will ensure that University City has the public safety facilities it needs as this neighbourhood continues to grow and evolve with new homes and businesses near a thriving research university."
The mayor and fire chief were also expected to showcase the city's newest fire fighting apparatus, a tractor-trailer aerial truck designed for battling blazes in high-density residential areas. According to the news release and a video from the city, the hose can be controlled remotely instead of requiring a fire fighter at the top of the ladder. It has the capacity to douse flames with up to 1 500 gallons of water per minute.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, Safdie Rabines Architects, Platt Whitelaw Architects, Cool San Diego Sights!