Nova Partners continues their partnership with the City of Palo Alto, managing the construction of the new 2 story drive-through fire station. This new 6,600 sf building replaces a 1950s era single story back-in fire station. It has more than double the capacity of its predecessor to accommodate larger apparatus. All of this was accomplished on the existing site without removal of historic native trees. The station incorporates NFPA best practices to reduce fire personnel exposure to fire and medical related contaminates.
Nova Partners was the preconstruction manager overseeing design, budget and schedule from Architectural Review Board Public Approval through the permitting process of the new Palo Alto Fire Station #3. Nova Partners managed the project bid process and assisted Shah Kawaksaki with addendum responses during bid management.
After preconstruction, Nova took on the role of the construction manager for the fire station, meeting the Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act (ESBSSA 1986). The work included extensive site work, an intricate rain screen exterior cladding system, new elevator, ring down emergency notification system, interior gym and living quarters, and a solar panel system.
Upon field activities, Nova was instrumental in the coordination and resolution of field issues such as waterproofing rainscreen barrier, structural compliance to the ESBSSA requirements, and managing inspections by the Inspector of Record and Special Test Inspection Services.
The fire station opened in March 2020.