By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The Scottsdale City Council will meet Aug. 31 to consider plans for a proposed new $5.1M fire station on the southwest corner of Jomax and Hayden roads. Both the Planning Commission and the Development Review Board voted to recommend the project submittal last month.
The new station – #613 – will replace an existing modular facility at Jomax and Pima roads in order to improve response times, safety and visibility. The current location has been in use for approximately 20 years and does not meet operating standards for a fire station, according to city documents.
Plans for the new 10KSF building include quarters and facilities for eight crew members, three office spaces, a workout area, equipment storage and maintenance spaces, three apparatus bays and an OSHA-certified decontamination area. Scottsdale purchased the 11.4-acre site in 2015.
The building architecture will feature a contemporary Western Ranch style to fit in with nearby homes. Walls will be painted stucco and stone veneer, and roof materials will be non-reflective metal. To reduce the visual impact of the fire truck bay, the roof design incorporates both flat with parapets and pitched elements.
To comply with the city’s Sensitive Design Principles, the landscaping extensively incorporates native plants for low water use. Vegetation already on the site will be saved and reinstalled to maximize integration with the surrounding desert.
If council approves the plan, construction could begin in February.