The project is a new 10,821-square-foot Battalion Headquarters Fire Station located in the City of Palmdale, which consists of a two-bay apparatus room, a main office, a day room, a kitchen, an exercise room, a Battalion Chief office and dormitory, and individual dormitory quarters for seven shift personnel. The architectural plan conforms to the Fire District's new station prototype design/construction specifications adopted in 1999 and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and State Health and Safety requirements. The project incorporated sustainable design features that allowed the County to secure a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. This was the first LEED Gold Certified project for the County.
Benefits to Environmental Resources
- Bicycle storage and shower facilities have been provided.
- Parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles have been provided.
- 100 percent of the non-roof impervious surfaces on-site have been paved with highly reflective materials.
- 100 percent of roofing surface materials used complies with solar reflective values for steep roofs.
100 percent of the site's storm water runoff is treated on-site before it is released into the storm water system.
- The installed irrigation systems reduce potable water consumption by 65.4 percent.
- The project includes drought-tolerant landscaping.
- The project features low flow lavatories, shower heads, and kitchen equipment, which which reduce potable water usage by 41.9 percent.
Energy and Atmosphere:
- The building energy efficiency exceeds the California Title standards by 30.6 percent.
- The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems use no CFC-based refrigerants.
- The project utilized 100 percent of the project's two-year regulated annual electric energy consumption from renewable green power.
Materials and Resources:
- The project diverted 135 tons or 84 percent of on-site generated construction waste from a landfill.
- 23.7 percent of the total building materials content used by value was manufactured using recycled materials.
- 21 percent of the total building materials have been manufactured using raw materials that were harvested, extracted, or recovered within 500 miles of the project site.
- The project incorporated construction activity pollution prevention, construction indoor air quality management, Title 24 performance compliance report for minimum and optimized energy to minimize global warming potential, and low emitting materials.
- The project utilizes natural lighting by providing direct line of sight views for 98% of all regularly occupied spaces.
Contribution to wellbeing of DPW and the County
Fire Station 136 provides needed Fire Department services to the City of Palmdale. The fire station supports the County's Strategic Plan Goals of improving operational effectiveness, Children and Families' Well Being, and Community and Municipal Services. It will benefit the community by improving the Fire District's ability to respond to local emergencies.
Contribution to Economic Health
The project consists of an investment in public infrastructure. The project will use energy and potable water efficient fixtures and equipment. This will result in cost savings for the County, since there will be a reduction in energy and potable water consumption.