The SOMA neighborhood is home to the first new fire station to open in San Francisco since fire station 43 opened in the Excelsior district in 1970.
Located at 935 Folsom, the new fire station is an outcome of the SF MOMA expansion.
As one might expect, the usual political suspects were on hand, and offered these sound-bite ready clips:
Mayor Ed Lee:
“Investing in our City’s public safety infrastructure is critical to providing unparalleled services to residents in need 24 hours a day and being prepared for any emergency or disaster response. Our City’s partnership with SFMOMA made it possible to make this vital capital improvement to San Francisco’s infrastructure. This new Fire Station One services a growing and transforming neighborhood in our City and meets the needs of our residents.”
Supervisor Jane Kim (District 6) was also on hand:
“The South of Market is growing and undergoing many exciting changes. Fire Station One is one of the busiest in the entire country showcasing the importance of a facility that can support and meet the demands of our firefighters, so they can continue to serve the thousands of residents and patrons that live, work, and play in the Tenderloin, South of Market and Sixth Street communities.”
The new Fire Station One is just over 15,000 square feet and was designed to meet LEED Gold Certification. The architect was Leddy Maytum Stacy, and Webcor was the builder. Although it is the first new fire station in San Francisco for over 40 years, it won’t be the newest station for long. The Mission Bay public safety building will also be home to a new fire station when the building is completed in several years.
What are your thoughts about the new Fire Station One in SOMA? I think it is great to see public buildings being designed and built with the environment in mind, and I’m thrilled it was designed to met a LEED certification.