WORK BEGINS ON FIRE STATION 39, GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SET MARCH 2
PASADENA, Calif. —Preliminary work has begun on the seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of Pasadena Fire Station 39 in advance of the formal groundbreaking ceremony planned for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2. The public is invited to join Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Steve Madison, Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells and other city officials for the ceremony.
Fire Station 39, at 50 Avenue 64, was originally constructed in 1952 and, together with Station 37, is the oldest of the department’s eight fire stations. The brick exterior of the two-story, 4,400-square-foot building has historic significance and improvement work was specifically planned to retain the exterior while completing the extensive interior remodel and seismic upgrade.
The $1.78 million construction project is managed by the Pasadena Department of Public Works. Project highlights includes seismic and engineering improvements to help the building withstand a major earthquake; improving accessibility and meeting ADA standards; increasing the building’s energy efficiency; extensive remodeling of all interior living, kitchen and office spaces; new utility systems, fire sprinklers and alarm systems; a new patio deck and a new emergency generator room. The project is estimated to be completed in late 2013, weather permitting.
“Our firefighters serve the public every day and this important seismic retrofit and remodel will provide our personnel with an environmentally friendly and safe building to operate from while on duty. The fire station will also meet essential facility standards and improve public access to the station,” Fire Chief Wells said.
The City design team worked with Pasadena Heritage, www.pasadenaheritage.org, to develop a sensible project that retains the building’s historic brick exterior using State historic preservation guidelines. The retrofit also will achieve compliance with state structural requirements for essential facilities, helping to ensure the station remains functional after a seismic event. The rehabilitation also meets the requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.
Funding comes from the City’s Capital Improvement Project Fund. The project will be completed by local general contractor Mallcraft Inc.
For more information, contact Assistant City Engineer Steve Wright at (626) 744-4695. For more information about the City of Pasadena, go online to www.cityofpasadena.net.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2013 #012-13
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