This project for the City of Los Angeles includes a Regional Fire Station, with four large apparatus bays and three light apparatus bays, and a Storage Building, which contains four bays for apparatus storage, one maintenance bay and a Training/Conference facility. The site is located on the west side of Main Street between 108th and 109th Streets in the Century Palms Neighborhood of Los Angeles.
In response to program requirements and site restrictions, the apparatus bays of the Fire Station front on Main and 108th Streets, while the Training/Conference facility can be accessed directly from 108th Street. A large on-site “laydown yard”, for vehicle maneuvering and training, provides generous access to the large apparatus bays and Storage/Maintenance Facility.
The floor plans of both the Fire Station and the Storage Building provide functional and efficient spaces. Within these constraints, the design employs roofing systems which respond to the structural requirements of different building components while articulating these same elements. Vaulted roofs with bowstring trusses are employed at the apparatus bays of both buildings to span the distances required and articulate the roof lines. These roofs are juxtaposed against parts of the building which are developed as cubes. A cantilevered portion of the second floor at the northeast corner of the Fire Station is resolved with a leaning wall, boldly painted to contrast with the rest of the building, and a suspended steel canopy which articulates the main entry to the building.
The predominant exterior wall type is cement plaster over concrete block or steel studs. Varying colors are used to articulate the different elements of each building. The vaulted roofs are clad with a single-ply roofing.
The project’s design and construction incorporated many significant sustainable design features which qualified it for Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System.