October 22, 2008 > Construction of New Niles Fire Station Underway
Construction of New Niles Fire Station Underway
Submitted By Fire Chief Bruce Martin
Thanks to Fremont voters who approved the Fire Safety Bond in 2002, the new Fire Station No. 2 is coming to life in Niles. This station is the last of three new fire stations to be completed as a part of the Fire Bond Program. Located at the northwest corner of Niles Boulevard and G Street, the new station is approximately 7,900 square feet with two apparatus bays for vehicles. It will replace the existing Fire Station No. 2, which is approximately 3,700 square feet located at 37645 2nd Street. The existing Fire Station No. 2 was built in 1952 through the efforts of the Niles Volunteer Firefighters.
Construction of the new Fire Station No. 2 started September of 2008 under a construction contract of $3.8 million. Completion is estimated for fall 2009. The station was designed to accommodate one Engine Company with four personnel. The second apparatus bay will accommodate a Wildland Fire Engine and a Reserve Fire Apparatus.
Specialized spaces include an entry lobby, main office and a private office for the Captain, special project room/workshop, exercise area, storage for medical supplies and firefighter protective clothing. Household areas include cooking/dining spaces, laundry and dormitory quarters for a crew of four.
The building was designed by WLC Architects of Folsom, California, utilizing guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council. Its design will meet the Certified Level of compliance with these guidelines, while the construction materials are highly durable and energy efficient. This should help to increase the life of the building and reduce maintenance costs to the citizens of Fremont. Fire Station No. 2 will be the second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified City building to date, following on the heels of Fire Station No. 6 in Centerville. Expected lifespan of the building is 75 to 100 years.