In Quarters: Bakersfield, CA, Fire Station No. 8

July 24, 2018
Renovations at Bakersfield Fire Station No. 8 include a new exercise room, separate turnout storage space, a reconfigured dorm room and bathroom area for gender separation.

This facility received the Renovations Silver Award in Firehouse's 2017 Station Design Awards. Find the full list of winners here

The City of Bakersfield hired RRM Design Group to assist in redesigning the existing Station 8. The city relied on its understanding of their standards as RRM Design Group  has developed the city’s prototype station and implemented that into the city’s three most recently constructed stations. 

The existing fire station was significantly deficient in space for full-time firefighters, operational efficiency, and  protection from hazardous materials and exhaust fumes. RRM Design Group provided  the city with an operational analysis on the deficiencies of the station and  a proposed solution for expanded and  reconfigured areas, including a new exercise  room, separate turnout storage space, a decontamination area, a reconfigured dorm room and bathroom area for gender  separation, an expanded firefighter  office, and an enlarged firefighter living  area. Airtight separations between the  firefighter living areas and the apparatus  bay along with an added tailpipe exhaust  system were provided to protect firefighters  from harmful carcinogens. 

A primary focus of the reconfiguration of the floorplan was to provide a clear public-to-private separation. The original  station public entry opened directly to the dayroom, so a secure lobby with a front office was provided to meet the public.

The structure of the station received a seismic retrofit to meet today’s standards for essential services facilities. 

The exterior of the station was a mid-century modern style. RRM Design  Group maintained primary existing features  with new horizontal glass windows  added and a masonry vertical element  that references and enhances the original  building and maintains a mid-century modern style.

Architect: RRM Design Group

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