Santa Maria Fire Station No. 3 July 24th, 2013

Santa Maria, CA – The City of Santa Maria’s Fire Station No. 3 is constructed on a 66,400 sf (1.5-acre) parcel with a 6,688 sf building. It is located in the southeast corner of Preisker Park off Preisker Lane. The design and construction presented a unique challenge as the Fire Station was constructed on a former dump site, which required a thorough site remediation evaluation and monitoring of hazardous material during construction. Particular care was taken in the design and construction process to avoid specific areas where potentially hazardous materials were buried. The environmental engineer for the project recommended that particular areas be avoided and left undisturbed to avoid costly removal and remediation of the site.

The design required that the site finish grade be raised sufficiently so that the Fire Station and its underground utilities could be constructed to avoid the pockets of potentially hazardous materials, while still providing the required vehicular and pedestrian accessibility. The civil engineering design included grading, drainage, access, both pedestrian and vehicular, site utilities, interface with the existing Preisker Park, erosion control during construction, and 27,576 sf of parking and hardscape.

In addition, Wallace Group also provided engineering support during construction, including coordination with the Project Architect, City Inspector and General Contractor as well as review of submittals, shop drawings and requests for information during construction for all work related to the civil engineering portion of the project.

The project was funded through grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Included in this funding is a grant secured from the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant Program which is authorized by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The station has 3,188 sf of living space including four bedrooms, a full kitchen with barbeque grill, workout facilities, living room, offices, and restrooms with shower facilities. It also includes 3,500 sf of apparatus parking space with room for 4 engines, work benches and storage.

A notable addition to the project is a monument at the station in tribute to those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and all first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center is displayed prominently on the front of the building with an identifying plaque mounted below. The Fire Station began night time operations in September of 2012 and full time operations on November 19, 2012.