JKA worked in partnership with EC Constructors to complete this design-build Fire Station for the City of Chula Vista. Fire Station 5 is located on a site adjacent to Orange Park and the Chula Vista South Library. The exterior of the station complements the neighboring Library designed by Ricardo Legorreta, which is reflected through carefully selected bold colors, recessed fenestrations, and large, geometric volumes. These design decisions were made in response to the community’s desire to maintain the Mexican modern architectural aesthetic and create a civic campus with the park and South Library.
Careful attention was paid to the massing of the building, with the play of light and shadow emphasizing the building’s rich color and varying forms that cast sharp shadows as the day progresses. The cast-in-place concrete at the apparatus bay emphasize the quality of construction and provides the permanence and durability required by the fire department for long term operational use. Taking cues from the neighboring Library’s landscape, the fire station planting palette consists of drought tolerant foliage and concrete planters accented with bright green palo verde trees.
The design for this project represents a fully functional fire station that incorporates the latest in fire personnel safety and functional comfort tailored for those who live and work out of the station, while maintaining the connection to Mexican modern architecture.