gkkworks provided architectural design services for the new 16,000-SF station, which is a replacement facility for the existing station, originally built in 1950. Fire Station No. 62 is classified as a standard station; however, it has one additional vehicle bay. The building program includes living and support space for a crew of 18, and apparatus bays to accommodate four firefighting and three paramedic vehicles.
The LEED Certified building is a two-story structure with lobby, offices, a multipurpose room, conference room, and kitchen and dining rooms on the first floor, and dormitory, locker and shower facilities on the second floor. The design incorporates locally-produced materials and materials with recycled content, energy efficient electrical and mechanical systems, maximizes the use of daylighting, and incorporates techniques that enhance indoor air quality.
The site was the major challenge for this project. At 0.9 acres, it is considerably smaller than most fire station sites. Exacerbating the problem was the requirement to dedicate a 15-foot right-of-way along the south side of the site for the widening of Inglewood Avenue. Fitting the typical program on site required that gkkworks apply for zoning variances for building setbacks and landscape buffers. The widening of Inglewood Avenue required careful coordination with and approval from both the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and Caltrans.