Fireboat Station 35

Project Location
San Francisco, CA

Owner 
San Francisco Public Works

Architect 
Shah Kawasaki Architects

Market
Civic

Services
General Contracting

Region
Northern California

Swinerton Office Location
San Francisco, California

Keywords
Design-Build, Steel Frame, Built on steel pier float for resiliency, Maritime disaster operations center, Adjacent Engine No. 35 to remain operational during construction

The builders for Fireboat Station No. 35 are Swinerton and Power Engineering Construction Co., who have paired together as a joint venture. They are teamed with Shah Kawasaki Architects and Liftech Consultants Inc. to enhance the success of this landmark project located along the Embarcadero, just north of the Bay Bridge.

The design-build team’s vision is to collaboratively and successfully deliver a resilient floating fire station that will last over half a century, constructed with minimal disruptions to the occupied structure, the public, and surrounding businesses.

The float, which will be held in place by four guide piles, has been engineered to withstand the long-term effects of sea-level rise and be relatively impervious to earthquakes. This will allow the new, LEED Gold-designed station to rise and fall with the natural tide of the Bay, King Tides, and projected sea-level rise.

The project achieved a major milestone recently when the barge was floated from Treasure Island to San Francisco and moored at its permanent location behind the historic Mediterraneanstyle fire station along The Embarcadero, just North of the Bay Bridge.

Funding for this project is provided by the San Francisco Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response (ESER) bond, which passed with 79-percent voter approval in June 2014.