Case Study

City of San Diego

Pacific Highlands Ranch Fire Station #47

Located north of San Diego in the Carmel Valley, the Pacific Highlands Ranch Fire Station #47 features not only state-of-the-art fire rescue facilities and equipment, but also picturesque mission-style architecture and LEED Silver certification. Salas O’Brien proudly partnered with the City of San Diego to ensure this new project’s success. Our team provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design as well as LEED administration for this project.

The semi-rural residential district that the station serves covers three square miles and has an estimated population of approximately 4,500. The Pacific Highlands Ranch 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.

Features that contribute to the structure’s LEED certification include 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 that contributes to an energy performance that is 35% better than 2001 CA Title 24 requirements.


San Diego, California

Project Size:
10,500 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design and LEED Administration

$5.2 Million

LEED Silver