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Encinitas Fire Station #2 Unveiled, Will Attain LEED Certification

The new facility replaces one built in 1960 and will receive a US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification.

A group of Encinitas residents pushed a fire engine into the new Fire Station #2 in Cardiff Friday, right after a fire hose was ceremoniously uncoupled—officially opening the facility to the public.

The new building has been in use since Jan. 7 and replaced the original Fire Station #2, which was built in 1960, Mayor Teresa Barth told a crowd at the station’s unveiling.

“For more than 50 years, there’s been a lot of wear and tear and it was an antiquated facility,” she said. “This new facility is built to not only better serve the safety needs of the community, but to accommodate our modern safety vehicles, equipment and personnel.”

The facility will receive a US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification, she added. Construction costs were $4.6 million.

The building at 618 Birminhamd Dr. can be seen from Interstate-5.

Domusstudio architect Wayne Holtan, who oversaw the project, explains its environmental features:

The single-story, 6,330 square-foot building—with sloping sawtooth rooflines and clearstory windows—was designed to emulate the city’s history of flower fields and greenhouses. He added, “To further project the city’s historic identity, the Poinsettia flower is represented graphically on the masonry wall.”

The fire station serving approximately 60,000 Encinitas residents while providing mutual aid to surrounding communities incorporates sustainable design elements that align with the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification. Such elements include the use of regional building materials, a storm water quality-control bioswale that removes silt and pollution from surface runoff water, and drought tolerant landscaping. The design also allows for the future installation of photovoltaic panels.

According to Holtan, the building was designed to mitigate freeway noise with the use of a continuous decorative concrete masonry wall fronting Interstate 5, with incorporated elements that respond to freeway visibility. The colors are shades of gray and the masonry incorporates offsetting faces with heavy textures.

The roofs are sloped, with standing seam metal facing south to allow optimal sun orientation and efficient solar collecting by the future photovoltaic panels. Between the masonry wall and sloping roof, clerestory windows are formed that allow for effective interior day lighting.

Other features include a freestanding hose-drying tower. The tower is cylindrical in plan and covered with perforated metal panels to enclose the hose drying lift.

The new fire station complements Encinitas Fire Station #5 and Encinitas Fire Station #3, also part of domusstudio’s portfolio. Construction of Fire Station #2 was completed by Balfour Beatty. 

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Editor's note: I added the construction cost. 

Al Ein February 23, 2013 at 03:15 PM
How much did it cost and what is the true value to the community. My understanding is firehouses are for down times for on the clock firefighter (3 per shift), plus storing equipment. We don't need all the luxury items and top level soundproofing that is spent on Ritz Hotels. I heard the cost was over $6,000,000 (not including the land). That is a lot of money for housing 3 fire fighters and storage equipment, and I think that money could have been better served on other projects needed in Encinitas. Again, the fire employees score big and and the taxpayers lose....... Sigh.
Daniel Woolfolk February 23, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Hi Al, the cost was $4.6 million. I added it to the story.
Jay Berman February 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I don't get this .... Cardiff has been built out for years, decades ... mostly 1 and 2 story houses, no industry ... the old 1800 SqF station 2 was fine all these years ... why did we have to spend almost $5m on this station 3 times larger ? Look at the place ! Encinitas isn't the only city that builds palatial firestations, you should see what Vista built ... OK, the old station needed a remodel ... I just see this as waste of taxpayer money ...
Lynn Marr February 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM
I agree, costs could have been cut. In fact, the previous fire station from the 60's could have been upgraded. This expense to taxpayers was part of the reason we needed another Lease Revenue Bond, with the Library, sitting on County ground, as "collateral." Out City is not being wise in its expenditures; we don't have to compete with San Marcos to try to out-do that city's fire stations!
Al Ein February 24, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Daniel, Does that cost include everything, Like planning, predesign, design, permiting, Staff time, Advertising and bids, Construction Managment and inspection, Permits. Etc..... I bet its higher than $6 million.
Daniel Woolfolk March 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I see a huge consensus with commenters on the cost. If anybody has a letter to the editor regarding cost, email me at daniel.woolfolk@patch.com. Please include your name and the community in which you live. Thanks!

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