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Encinitas replaces old fire station

The city of Encinitas has a new emergency response center, as Fire Station No. 2 was unveiled on Feb. 22 and is now fully operational.

The new $4.6 million fire station is 6,330 square feet with sloping, saw tooth-looking rooflines and clearstory windows. It was designed to emulate the city’s history of flower fields and greenhouses, and the poinsettia flower is represented graphically on the masonry wall.

Fire Station No. 2 was designed and built to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Some of the sustainable features include the use of regional building materials, a stormwater quality-control bioswale that removes silt and pollution from surface runoff water, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The roofs are sloped, with standing seam metal facing south to allow for optimal sun orientation. Between the masonry wall and sloping roof, clerestory windows are formed that allow for effective interior daylighting.

Other features include a freestanding hose-drying tower that is cylindrical and covered with perforated metal panels to enclose the hose-drying lift.

The design of the fire station also allows for the future installation of photovoltaic panels.

According to design firm domusstudio architecture, the building was designed to mitigate freeway noise with the use of a continuous decorative concrete masonry wall that fronts Interstate 5.

Construction of Fire Station No. 2 was completed by Balfour Beatty.

The new fire station houses one fire engine, a crew of three firefighters and two emergency medical personnel, and one ambulance.

Fire Station No. 2 was also built to house three additional firefighters in times of need and offers space for public interaction, maintenance, training and fulfillment of daily living and working needs.

This fire station is replacing a 1,600-square-foot facility that was built in 1960.

The fire station had been serving the 60,000 Encinitas residents since January. In 2011, the Encinitas City Council approved construction of the new fire station.

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