The spectacular setting for the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station provided unique challenges and opportunities, as well as the inspiration to pursue a LEED Gold rating. Located on beautiful Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, this 5,400 square foot facility replaces the outdated single engine company fire station. The new station features three apparatus bays, office space, three bedrooms, and a dayroom designed for training meetings.
The LEED Silver certification provided a format to create a project that is both sustainable in a global sense as well as healthy and comfortable for the building occupants. To achieve these goals the project included photovoltaic panels providing solar power, a geothermal heat exchange mechanical system, a waste diversion program during construction, natural light and ventilation, and green materials throughout.
The land for this project, a 0.7-acre plot, is leased from the Marin Municipal Water District. The project is in the process of multiple public agency reviews including the City of Mill Valley for a new sewer service and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for habitat preservation. BRW worked closely with the neighboring residents and conducted multiple community meetings to present the design. Design review included the County Planning Commission and Tamalpais Valley Design Review Committee. As project architect, BRW directed all phases of the project through the design, agency approval and construction documents.