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New Menlo Park fire station receives design award

Menlo Park's new Fire Station 6, with its drive-through bay (left) and a display of a vintage fire engine (right). Photo courtesy of Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Menlo Park's Fire Station 6, which incorporates an innovative yet historically based design, has received a 2019 National Firehouse Fire Station Design Award sponsored by Firehouse magazine.

The station won a third-place award for facilities of less than 15,000 square feet in the competition. Fifty-four entries were submitted in eight categories by 44 architecture firms in the United States and Canada.

The new 8,335-square-foot station, at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, reopened in June 2018, replacing a 3,000-square-foot building dating from 1953, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

The new station cost $11.54 million to build, including design fees, construction, project management fees and other costs, according to a district release.

It can house up to eight firefighters and two emergency vehicles and is connected to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) early warning earthquake notification system.

The station also has a detached garage that houses two antique fire engines from the 1930s and 1950s and a tiny, 1900-era fire station that was relocated from the district headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road and is being used as a museum.

The exterior design includes brick walls with antique reproduction lighting.

"We spent eleven years saving, carefully planning and constructing this fire station," Schapelhouman said. "The community loves the new ultra-modern, resilient and traditionally classic-looking fire station, which is wrapped in a historic-looking shell."

The new Station 6 was designed by CJW Architecture of Portola Valley and built by Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Company of San Carlos.


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10 people like this
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

With deep pockets and nearly unlimited budget for acquisition, design, construction, Schapelhouman's palace had better rack up awards. Every time we drive by an antique fire engine sits in one of the bays. Pretty pricey for a museum paid for by MP and Atherton...

13 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 6, 2019 at 9:37 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

How wonderful that the Fire District builds award winning fire stations and preserves history.

When was the last time that any other local entity built anything of distinction or preserved history?

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