About the Client/Project: The County of San Diego requested a Basis of Design Report for a Design-Build project for Fire Station 79 on Palomar mountain. The County wanted new sleeping quarters, additional paved parking including ADA space for public, a 20-foot wide concrete paved fire access lane with retaining wall as required and upgrades to the existing office inside the Fire Station.
Project Challenge: One of the design challenges in this project was that the site is at a high elevation (on top of a mountain), which has both a high fire danger area and it also snows in the winter. We had to design to both of those issues.
Architectural Solution: Platt/Whitelaw first completed a Basis of Design Report and an adjacency bubble diagram for the County of San Diego Fire Station 79 on Palomar mountain. Platt/Whitelaw then completed full design and construction documents for the new 2,000sf sleeping quarters and upgrades to the office and public restrooms, an additional paved parking including a 20-foot wide concrete paved fire access lane with retaining wall as required, upgrades to the existing office inside the Fire Station including paint, carpet, lighting and HVAC, ADA requirements including path of travel.
Final Result: Ribbon cutting was January 4, 2022.
Photographs by Platt/Whitelaw Architects