Their challenge

Pacific Highlands Fire Station #47 is located in a semi-rural residential district in Carmel Valley just north of San Diego, and city leadership needed a reliable engineering partner to handle its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design. The facility supports 11 fire rescue personnel (including a Battalion Chief) and features offices, watch and communication rooms, a kitchen, 14 individual sleeping quarters, and exercise and locker rooms for staff use. Some of the unique features of the design are a covered fuel tank area (with 1,000-gallon fuel tank), a 26-kW standby diesel generator, and a tail-pipe vehicle exhaust removal system to support the station’s three drive-through apparatus bays.

Our solution

Salas O’Brien provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design and LEED administration for this project. Our design included a Halon-based, refrigerant-free HVAC system (reducing ozone depletion); individual controls of operable windows, lighting, ceiling fans, and thermostats; and high-efficiency lighting design.