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Modular fire station allows for possible future reconfigurations

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Modular fire station allows for possible future reconfigurations

Rancho Mission Viejo’s Fire Station 67 deployed offsite fabrication and rapid onsite assembly, resulting in a construction timeline of six months.

By Novid Parsi, Contributing Editor | February 6, 2024
Modular fire station, Rancho Mission Viejo’s Fire Station 67
Fire Station 67, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif. Photo © Nic Lehoux, courtesy Wittman Estes

In Southern California’s Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV), Fire Station 67 has been designed and constructed as a prefab, modular build—enabling faster completion and future reconfiguration.

Designed by Seattle-based Wittman Estes, the 4,667-sf station was prefabricated offsite as 10 modules that were then assembled onsite. The offsite fabrication and rapid assembly led to a streamlined design, documentation, and permitting process. This approach allowed for parallel site development work in California and factory construction in Nevada, resulting in a construction timeline of six months. 

Fire Station 67: Modular System

The modular system also allows for relocation and reconfiguration. The sturdy, durable steel modules can be easily transported and rearranged for possible future uses, such as an environmental learning center for RMV.

Modular fire station, Rancho Mission Viejo’s Fire Station 67
Fire Station 67. Photo © Nic Lehoux, courtesy Wittman Estes

Fire Station 67 includes a vehicle bay for two fire trucks, six sleeping rooms, a day room, kitchen/dining room, dispatch/workspace, and a captain’s office. The 12-foot modules were assembled around a shaded, semi-protected central courtyard.

Construction Strategy

The building configuration enables the firefighters to serve the public quickly while also feeling calm and privacy. The north-facing public entry, captain’s office, and dispatch room face the neighborhood. The more active areas, including break room, kitchen, and fitness rooms, face east toward the firetrucks. And the sleeping rooms and bathrooms are located in a quiet zone in the west. The firetruck bay is painted bright red, while the interior spaces have a neutral, tranquil palette.

Modular construction plan of fire department

In response to climate change and the rising risk of wildfires, the prefab structure is clad in fireproof, corrugated steel siding. To improve indoor air quality, Wittman Estes designed an open-air apparatus bay to bring in fresh outside air and eliminate the need for large exhaust machines.

On the Building Team:
Clients: Orange County Fire Authority and Rancho Mission Viejo
Architect: Wittman Estes
Interior designer: Birsel+Seck
Structural engineer: DCI Engineers
Landscape architect: Land Concern
Civil engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
GC: Xtreme Cubes 

Modular fire station, Rancho Mission Viejo’s Fire Station 67
Photo © Nic Lehoux, courtesy Wittman Estes
Rancho Mission Viejo’s Fire Station 67
Photo © Nic Lehoux, courtesy Wittman Estes

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