August 17, 2023

SJC Airport Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility Wins National DBIA Award

San Jose Mineta International Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility wins Design Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) 2023 National Merit Award in the Aviation category.

This progressive design-build project was delivered one month early, within budget, and with a perfect safety record. It is the first facility on the West Coast to serve two separate firefighting functions within one building.  The station houses an Airside component which has 5 vehicle bays with larger vehicles that respond to incidents on the airfield and a Landside component which is a neighborhood firestation that responds to incidents at the Terminals and the surrounding community.   The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) staffs station 20 with rescue personnel that can operate both types of vehicles. Making this a hybrid fire station that serves both the airport and the neighborhoods that surround a unique public safety building.  The project also brought together multiple public agencies with both Federal and Municipal funding sources.  Project intricacies included: an extensive design team; programming for two different user groups; three separate stakeholder agencies; four different funding sources; significant scope added midway through the project; pandemic supply chain challenges; and increased safety and security protocols building on a secure airfield zone. Our design-build team implemented solutions in partnership with SJC, SJFD and City of San Jose and delivered a superior project that provides both SJC and SJFD crews improved access to lifesaving equipment and resources to better protect the nearly one million residents of San Jose and 16 million yearly travelers at SJC Airport.

The team included:

San Jose Mineta International Airport, Owner

The City of San Jose, Owner

Overaa Construction, General Contractor

MarJang Architecture, Lead Design Architect

Ten Over Studio, Architect of Record & Landscape Architect

BKF Engineers, Civil Engineer

Haley & Aldrich Inc., Geotechnical Engineer

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Structural Engineer

Glumac, Mechanical & Fire Protection Engineering

Arora Engineers, Electrical & Plumbing Engineering

Smith, Fause & McDonald, Inc., Security & Communications Engineering

Deharo Mechanical, Design-Build Mechanical Subcontractor

Dinelli Plumbing, Design-Build Plumbing Subcontractor