Fire Stations 54 and 55 were designed and built in the mid-1960s. Located at 46 Castro Avenue in the Canal neighborhood, Fire Station 54 is need of an upgrade. It contains an apparatus bay composed of a steel-framed structure that houses one engine and the City’s ladder truck. The apparatus bay is salvageable but requires seismic upgrades. The living quarters consist of a single-story wood-framed structure which has become obsolete due to age and deterioration. The living quarters include a living area, kitchen, sleeping quarters, and a restroom. The living quarters do not meet current standards for seismic, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or flood protection, and do not provide separate sleeping and restroom space for male and female firefighters. The living quarters will be demolished, and a new code-compliant structure will be constructed in its place.
Fire Station 55 is located at 955 Point San Pedro Road between Knight Drive and Peacock Drive. This station was also built in the 1960s and is mostly a wood frame structure. The apparatus bay is a wood-framed structure supporting a steel girder roof system. The apparatus bay requires significant seismic improvements but is salvageable. The living quarters, kitchen and sleeping quarters are almost identical to Station 54, with the same issues, and are also beyond their useful life. Like Fire Station 54, the living quarters at Fire Station 55 will be demolished and a new code-compliant structure will be constructed in its place.
On December 10, 2018, the City retained Loving Campos Associates, Architects, Inc. (LCA) for professional engineering and architectural services to renovate Fire Station 54. In February 2019, the design team, led by LCA Architects, met at Fire Station 55 and found the construction, layout and building design to be very similar to that of Fire Station 54. Staff requested that LCA Architects provide a proposal to prepare the bid documents for both stations, including environmental review, as a single construction contract. Subsequently, on June 3, 2019, the City retained LCA for the Fire Station 55 project as well.