By Kyle Peterson, ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

After receiving our grading permit about three weeks ago, Oxnard Fire Station No. 8 is now two weeks into construction. There’s lots of earth moving and installation of geogrid to account for the sandy soils in Oxnard. We’re about a week out from getting building permit approval—fingers crossed!

Oxnard Fire Station No. 8 is a collaboration between the City of Oxnard, developer, architect and contractor. The project team is providing a fully outfitted, operational fire station to the City on a lease-leaseback basis. This 13,956-SF station includes four drive-through apparatus bays, offices, equipment storage, living quarters, a fitness room and a public lobby. Fire Station No. 8 will allow the Oxnard Fire Department to provide an increased level of fire protection and emergency medical services to the City of Oxnard. The design represents a continuum with the existing fire stations in the city, building upon the rich modernist traditions inherent in these structures.