The San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently named the domusstudio architecture-designed Encinitas Fire Station No. 3 as its Project of the Year.

APWA Honors Encinitas Fire Station Project

The new fire station No. 3 was built by the city of Encinitas to replace the older station on the same site. The project involved demolishing the existing station while continuing to house and allow 24/7 access for firefighter personnel and equipment from a temporary trailer on the site.

Project planning included public participation to ensure the project design and plan met nearby residents’ approval. A Web page was also created so neighbors could track the project’s progress.

The two-story concrete masonry structure with curving rooflines was designed by domusstudio architecture. The building was designed to meet all practical and functional needs as well fit in aesthetically with the community, the architect says.

The general contractor on the project was HAR Construction.

“It is our pleasure to work with the city of Encinitas and an honor for our partnership to be recognized,” says Wayne Holtan, AIA, a principal at domusstudio architecture. The San Diego architecture firm is currently designing two more fire stations with the coastal California city.

Encinitas Fire Station No. 2 is in design development with the city. Reflecting the history of the regions’ flower industry, domusstudio designs of the new Cardiff fire station incorporate a repetitive saw-tooth roof that mimics a row of greenhouses. The new fire station is expected to meet LEED silver standards, Holtan says. domusstudio architecture is working with the city of Encinitas on a redesign of downtown Encinitas Fire Station No. 1 as well.

Encinitas Fire Station No. 5, also designed by domusstudio architecture, then known as Dominy + Associates Architects, was named Best North Coast Fire Station in the San Diego Architectural Guide.