The Bayside fire station will serve Little Italy and nearby neighborhoods. Importantly, fire fighters and emergency personal will now have direct access to the west edge of the city and the airport without delays at the train tracks.
Bayside seeks to elevate fire station design in terms of function, comfort, context and sustainability.
Although contemporary in design, it takes its cues from the nearby County Administration Building using the same Golden Section proportioning system and similar tile and brass accent detailing. Most fire stations, new or old, are rather introverted in nature. By contrast, Bayside embraces the community with a street level plaza, transparent apparatus bays and a third floor deck making the fire fighters more a part of the neighborhood. An upper story patio and BBQ makes the building more homelike for the firefighters that live there. The extensive green roof is for sustainability but also extends the County administration Building landscape across the busy street. A three story circular slide enhances quick access to the apparatus bay. Most importantly, all three stories, including the bay are flooded with natural daylight.
An intriguing and engaging art piece by Ingram Ober, Marisol Rendon and Chuck Moffit at the corner softly conveys the sounds and stories of firefighters.