Webcor Builders is providing General Contractor services for the construction of Fire Station No. 1, a new city fire station to be built on a parcel at 935 Folsom Street in downtown San Francisco. The new 14,400-square-foot, 2-story facility, designed by LMS Architects, will replace the existing Fire Station No. 1, which will be demolished to make way for the expansion of SFMOMA.
The $14 million project features 3 full vehicle bays and accommodations for 13 firemen, including locker rooms, dormitories, a kitchen, and recreation facilities. The building has a pile-supported foundation, concrete mat slab, steel frame structure, and metal stud floor joists, with an exterior skin of plaster, metal panels, and glass. The design calls for extensive utilization of sustainable materials toward the goal of obtaining a LEED “Silver” rating for the completed building.
The firehouse is being constructed by a private developer (New Florian LLC) who will deed the building back to the City when it is complete. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2012, with the station due to open in October. Fire Station No. 1 is the busiest in the nation, as well as one of San Francisco’s oldest, and would need more than $10 million in seismic and other improvements if it was to remain in its current location. In addition to allowing the museum expansion to go ahead, the new station, two blocks from the current station and in a less congested area of downtown, will improve emergency response times and overall fire station service.