New Vista Fire Stations Will Aid in Response Time

July 1, 2009

In an attempt to increase coverage and emergency response time, two new fire stations have been completed in the city of Vista.

Construction of the two LEED-certified stations was funded by a half-cent sales tax (Proposition L) that was passed by Vista residents in April 2007.

Erickson-Hall Construction led the construction of the two projects, and Jeff Katz Architecture designed both facilities.

Each fire station has similar amenities, but both have distinct design features.

Fire Station No. 5, which is located at 2009 S. Melrose Drive, is a $6.5 million facility that totals 13,628 square feet.

It has nine dorm rooms, two offices, a kitchen, dining room, patio with a built-in barbecue station and a training room that also serves as a video conferencing center.

The 1.86-acre station can hold four fire trucks and the facility has a breathing air compressor room to allow the firefighters to maintain self-contained breathing apparatus equipment and an underground drafting tank.

Landscaping features low maintenance plant species native to the region, and the parking area consists of a section of pervious paving to minimize water runoff and a section of concrete parking lot.

Fire Station No. 6, which is located at 651 E. Vista Way, is a $5.92 million facility that totals 11,305 square feet.

Station 6 also has nine dorm rooms, two offices, a kitchen and dining room, a patio with built in barbecue station and a training room/video conferencing room.

The station has a three-bay apparatus to hold the fire trucks with 24-inches-per-second bi-fold doors to allow quicker emergency response time.

The design features a Spanish-style villa, with archways at the entry and red clay tile roofing offset by the smooth white finish of the building.

Each fire station was built using recycled materials like steel and fly ash concrete, and both utilized sustainable green materials to achieve LEED certification.

Amenities include low-flow plumbing fixtures, the STF porous paving system and Solatubes that allow natural daylight.

Construction on both projects began and ended on the same day, each taking 16 months to complete, and the design-build method of construction delivery was used to complete each station.

Project engineers for both stations were ILA+Zammit Engineering for electrical; Orie2 Engineering for structural; T-Squared Professional Engineers for mechanical and plumbing; and BDS Civil Engineers Inc.

Parterre Landscaping did all the design work on vegetation around both facilities.

The construction team for Erickson-Hall was the same on each project except for the superintendent, which had a different individual assigned to each job site.

Lance Osborn was the superintendent for Fire Station No.5, and Steve Fleming was the man in charge at Fire Station No. 6.

The other Erickson-Hall personnel who worked both projects included Nathan Complin, construction manager; Christina Jacobson, project engineer; and Joyce McMillan, project administrator.