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SALT LAKE CITY – On October 10, Salt Lake City Fire Department will dedicate a new station, Station No. 3, making it the only the second fire station in the country to be built as a Net Zero energy building. It is also expected to be LEED-certified, as LEED Gold building. Because of the building’s exceptional sustainability features, the structure will generate as much energy on-site as it uses annually.
This project is one example of Salt Lake City’s commitment to sustainability, as well as the 100 percent renewable-energy goal described in its Climate Positive SLC plan. The thoughtful design features are anticipated to result in long-term environmental and economic benefits for our city and the surrounding areas. Station No. 3 is the just the second Net Zero fire station in the country while Station No. 14, which was dedicated in May 2018, was the first.
Station No. 3 features triple-pane glazing and a high-performance envelope. The facility also generates its own power from a 110-kilowatt solar array comprised of more than 300 panels.
“This fire station is a tangible example of how a sustainable city designs and builds infrastructure,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Station 3 represents what is possible today, with existing cost-effective technologies.”
The building, designed by Blalock and Partners (headquartered in Salt Lake City) is a two-story, 18,100 sq. ft. building, with a three-bay garage totaling 4,600 square feet.
Living quarters have 10 single-bunk rooms and two officer suites, and spaces for fire operations such as an administrative station office, kitchen, maintenance and training rooms. Additionally, Station No. 3 includes a public meeting room that will be made available for community groups to use as needed.
“This station has been an exciting undertaking,” Deputy Chief Robert McMicken said. “Its state-of-the-art energy capabilities, ample apparatus storage, and modern design is a beautiful, spacious replacement of one of the oldest stations in Salt Lake City.”
He added, “We absolutely needed this as we anticipate a significant population growth within the Sugarhouse area.”
“This was an aggressive project,” Fire Chief Karl Lieb said, “But when you complete and put into service something of this magnitude, you can’t help but be tremendously proud and overwhelmed with excitement. It’s a big day for the department, for the City, and for the businesses and residents who will be served by this new station.”
Station No. 3 houses one company, with three platoons.
Construction on Station No. 3, which is now located at 2425 S. 900 E., took just over a year to construct. The current Station No. 3 located at 1085 E. Simpson Avenue, will officially close on October 12, upon the new Station No. 3’s dedication. The old station is set to be demolished to make room for another project.
Salt Lake City Fire Department has been gaining local and national recognition for many of its unique achievements. In December 2017, the department was awarded a Class 1 rating, the highest safety- and risk-evaluation rating possible by the Insurance Services office (IS0). The rating is a meaningful designation as it makes Salt Lake City Fire Department one of only 270 departments nationwide to earn such a rating (among the top 1% in the nation).
About Salt Lake City Fire Department: The Salt Lake City Fire Department services about 94 square miles utilizing 14 full-time fire stations at strategic locations throughout the city. The department employs 327 sworn firefighters who provide all the first-response, emergency services in the Capital City and who provide mutual aid to other fire departments along the Wasatch Front. ###