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.