This 6,000 square foot headquarters facility was designed as a replacement of the existing single engine company fire station. The new facility design features four apparatus bays, a large conference room, and office space for the Battalion Chief and Fire Marshall. Because Pajaro Valley FPD provides wildfire response for South Santa Cruz County, the apparatus bay was designed to accommodate Class III Engines and a single-chassis Water Tender. The new station was designed to fit into the rural surroundings. The project won a Notable Design Award and was published in Fire Chief Magazine.
The planning of the 1.5-acre site had to accommodate shared parking with the adjacent Community Center, a septic leach field with an aerobic tank, and a new water storage tank and fire pump for the building sprinkler system. The landscape and irrigation design included special measures to mitigate the potential impact on the adjacent agricultural uses.