New Floating Fireboat Station Opens in San Francisco

Fireboat Station 35 in San Francisco. Photo: Power Engineering Construction.

On March 10, San Francisco civil and harbor officials opened the long-awaiting floating Fireboat Station No. 35 at Pier 22½, north of the Bay Bridge.

The new two-story, 14,900-square-foot station will house the city’s fireboat and marine rescue watercraft fleet and a rotating crew of 21 fire personnel members.

The $50.5 million project was a design-build effort involving Power Engineering Construction Co., Swinerton, Shah Kawasaki Architects and Liftech Consultants.

It sits on a 173-foot-long-by-96-foot-wide steel float that’s anchored by four guide piles. Power Engineering Construction’s design allows the station to roll with the natural tide and future sea level rise.

“Part of being able to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies is investing in state-of-the-art equipment to support our first responders,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said. “The new Station No. 35 is not only seismically resilient, but it will also rise and fall with the Bay tides and meet the challenges of anticipated sea-level rise driven by climate change.”

By Karen Robes Meeks