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Fire Stations 54 and 55 Replacement


Project goals

  • Remove and replace the original living quarters and roof
  • Seismically upgrade the existing apparatus bay
  • Complete recladding and refinishing of the exterior façade with new materials


Planning/Design$729,000 (funded by Measure E)
Construction$7,000,000 (funded by Measure E)



In November 2013, Measure E was passed by the voters of San Rafael extending for 20 years an existing 0.5% transactions and use tax and adding 0.25%.  The revenues from this tax are to address our aging essential facilities, including making critical improvements to our public safety facilities in San Rafael. Our new and improved essential facilities make San Rafael a safe place for our emergency personnel and for the community overall. Building from over a decade of community efforts to address San Rafael's aging essential public safety facilities, the Essential Facilities project consists of a total of seven projects, including upgrades to Fire Stations 54 & 55. These new, state of the art buildings are seismically safe and modern facilities for our firefighters, police officers, paramedics and dispatchers.

Fire Station 54

Fire Stations 54 and 55 were designed and built in the mid-1960s and are now beyond their useful life.  Fire Station 54 is located at 46 Castro Avenue in the Canal neighborhood. 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 54 Isometric Drawing

Fire Station 54 Isometric

Fire Station 55

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.

Fire Station 55 Isometric Drawing

Fire Station 55 Isometric Drawing

Project Design and Construction

In May 24 2018, the City issued a Request for Proposals to secure professional architectural services to renovate Fire Station 54 & 55.  After reviewing the proposals, in December 2018, Loving Campos Associates, Architects, Inc. were awarded a contract for architectural services in connection with the project.

The projects are to be bid for construction as a single project, beginning with the selection of a general contractor. In January 2021, the City issued  the Department of Industrial Relations Labor Commissioner’s Model Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to evaluate contractors and pre-qualify them for this project.  This is in order to create a short-list of highly qualified bidders that would then be asked to submit bids for the Fire Station project. A total of 11 contractors pre-qualified for this project. On April 19, 2021, the Department of Public Works issued a request for proposals for construction of the fire stations. On May 18, 2021 at 2 pm, the City received two bids for the project. Subsequently, the lowest bidder withdrew their bid. On September 1, the City issued a rebid for the project which is open to all contractors (no pre-qualification is necessary). Bid proposals are due or before September 30 at 2 pm.


DesignMay 2018 - December 2020
Bid phaseFall 2021
ConstructionSpring 2022 (tentative)

Project contact

Faby Guillen | Senior Project Manager

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