By Elizabeth Carvalho
While it seems like yesterday that our team was at the groundbreaking ceremony for this exciting project, the day has finally arrived for a new local landmark in the San Diego community and we are honored to have played a part in its success! Last week, Hughes Marino was honored to celebrate the grand opening of the Bayside Fire Station No. 2 with the San Diego community. Hughes Marino’s Program, Project and Construction Management team led by Dave Bates, the City of San Diego, Civic San Diego, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Barnhart-Reese Construction completed this important project with energy and passion in creating the station to serve San Diego.
Designed by Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA, the 24,000 square foot station has an urban design that was largely designed to showcase firetrucks with spotlights behind the glass facades. Composed of three stories, the fire station will house two rigs and features living quarters, a spacious gym, rooftop greenery and solar panels, and public art by local artists which were inspired by the local firehouse museum.
Not only architecturally beautiful, Bayside Fire Station No 2. is also in a strategic location. It’s the first department west of the rail line for timely access for public safety services and life-saving work for the Downtown area.
As the Little Italy community continues to grow, Fire Station No. 2 will be essential to protect the Bayfront and so many other properties. It will also serve as a community landmark, adding architectural flair and a park-like signature at the corner of Cedar Street.
The original Fire Station No. 2 was established in 1904 on 10th and B Street and was closed in 1972. Fun fact—one of the original bricks is featured in the bench at the entrance of the new station! At the news conference, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Chris Ward, and members of the fire department and project team celebrated the success of this long-awaited project.
Hughes Marino is esteemed to have been a part of this project. Congratulations to the team on the grand opening of Fire Station No. 2!
Elizabeth Carvalho is marketing manager at Hughes Marino, an award-winning commercial real estate company specializing in tenant representation and building purchases with offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Contact Elizabeth at 1-844-NO-CONFLICT or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.