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Groundbreaking for Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project

Groundbreaking for Fire Station No. 3 Replacement Project

Mayor Liz Kniss will have a shovel in hand as she and other City of Palo Alto officials including City Manager Jim Keene and Fire Chief Eric Nickel preside over the groundbreaking for the Rinconada Fire Station No. 3 replacement project on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held outside the existing station at 799 Embarcadero Road, next to Rinconada Park. The replacement of the outdated fire station is part of the Infrastructure Plan adopted by the City Council in 2014, and marks the first project to break ground in the new year.

Demolition of the wood framed structure built in 1948 will begin on Jan. 31 with the replacement station to be built on the same site. The new station will meet current building, seismic and Americans with Disability Act standards, and is designed to attain LEED Silver Certification.

The design of the new fire station is meant to incorporate surrounding elements including existing protected trees into a new civic structure. The space will include easier and safer pedestrian, bike and vehicle access.

Designed by Shah Kawasaki Architects, Inc. (SKA) and constructed by Strawn Construction, Inc., the project also includes a new interactive public art feature to be placed beside the new station along the Newell Road frontage.

Fire station personnel and equipment have been temporarily moved to a facility at 2000 Geng Road while construction is underway. The replacement station is expected to open in March 2019.

To learn more about the fire station project and the other Infrastructure Plan projects that are in the works, visit our website at:

Last Updated: January 25, 2018