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SKA Celebrates the Completion of Firehouse No. 3 at San Francisco International Airport

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Shah Kawasaki Architects attended the grand opening of its latest achievement, San Francisco International Airport’s Firehouse No. 3 and Security Checkpoint. Designed in in conjunction with YAMAMAR Design, the state-of-the-art firehouse will allow SFO firefighters to provide unparalleled emergency services at one of the busiest airports in the nation.

The approximately 20,000-square-foot fire station comprises innovations such as a specialized HVAC system to filter out hazardous jet fumes, triple glazed windows to absorb runway noise just outside firefighter dorm rooms, a five-bay garage with four-fold electric doors allowing faster response time, a 16,000-gallon foam delivery system and sustainable features that will earn the building LEED Gold certification.

During their downtime, firefighters will enjoy cooking up some five-alarm chili in the gourmet kitchen and relaxing in their recliners in the day room.

SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White was on hand to address the crowd during the event, where she lauded the efforts of the design and construction teams. Vice President of the Airport Commission, Linda Crayton, who also spoke, said the opening was “a great day for the fire department and a safe day for everyone who flies out of SFO.”

With 1,000 flight operations a day and half a million travelers a week, the firefighters have their work cut out for them. SKA is proud to be able to help the San Francisco Fire Department serve and protect the passengers and staff at SFO.

Chief Joanne Hayes-White


Fire apparatus awaiting the call of duty


The Watch Room overlooks the apparatus bay and tarmac, allowing the crew to monitor airport activity with precision.


The reception desk incorporates wood, brass, and marble to create a welcoming experience for guests.


The heart of the firehouse, the gourmet kitchen features professional-grade appliances, including an indoor grill. A skylight illuminates the space with natural light.


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