The City of San Mateo retained Shah Kawasaki Architects to replace a 1950’s-era, single-story station with a new two-story station of approximately twice the capacity. Due to the site’s proximity to a freeway on-ramp, backing into the old station posed a safety hazard for both fire personnel and the public. Achieving a drive-thru station was the top priority of the Fire Department. The new station also accommodates modern apparatus, gender equality, accessibility for the disabled, reduced exposure to carcinogens, and the ability to remain operational after a high level of seismic activity.
The brick-faced fire station includes many craftsman styled details to relate to its surrounding neighborhood, and the sustainable qualities of the building resulted in its LEED Silver status.
Client: City of San Mateo
Location: San Mateo, CA
Project Completion: 2014