Calistoga Fire Station No. 1

Description

BACKGROUND:
Project was initiated when the City received a FEMA grant for seismic retrofit of the fire station, and then decided to expand / update the facility with additional public funds. Station No. 1 is comprised of a mix of volunteer and paid firefighters that serve a rural community located in the heart of Napa Wine Country.

HIGHLIGHTS:
6,000 SF (original) + 2,000 SF (expansion); Display space for 1930’s historic rig, ‘Old Betsy’

CHALLENGES:
Design started in 2003 and changed hands over the course of the years with funding stalls and leading personnel changes. Upon approval, the CDs needed to conform to a recent update to the California Building Code. Unforseen saturated soil conditions were mitigated by revised subsoil treatment. Steel structural details were further developed during shop drawing review to account for discovered existing framing conditions unknown prior to partial demolition.

LESSONS LEARNED:
Solid relationships with consultants are crucial in working as a team to solve problems in the field and keep the project on schedule. I worked closely with Building Official to share interpretations on revisions to the building code during the permitting process.

For
City of Calistoga, CA [C3DA]
Role
Project Coordinator – DD, CDs, Independent Estimate Review, Permitting, Bid Services, VE, CA
Date
2010