OC Fire Authority 67

Rancho Mission Viejo, CA

Rancho Mission Viejo Grand Opening

Architectural Excellence
This project was designed and built to house members of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and serves as an interim fire station for the burgeoning community of Rancho Mission Viejo, CA. As developers launched new residential projects in the area, it was discovered that they needed to be within the acceptable reach of emergency services provided by OCFA. Therefore, a new fire station was needed for the community.


The 4,667-square-foot steel building contains a captain’s dorm room, office, and living quarters for five other professional firefighters. 

A full kitchen serves the needs of the firefighters, along with a pantry, day room, full restroom facilities, locker room, and fitness center. Separate utility rooms were designed to provide space for multiple communication systems. Modular truss sections were built to cover the large apparatus bay providing sheltered parking for emergency service vehicles.


Technical Innovation & Sustainability
The nature of a live fire station requires each room to be wired and connected, allowing the firefighters to receive incoming alerts rapidly and clearly. Leaving all data wiring exposed in the ceiling provided the desired industry look and easy access to the IT crew. All but stitching, fire suppression, and final communication wiring were performed in the factory.  


The design team implemented tall ceilings for the kitchen and dayroom to provide good open-air space. Knowing this is where the crew would spend their waking hours, the intent is to make these areas as comfortable as possible. This project also needed to meet the stringent California Title 24 requirements for building efficiency. This project can either stay on its foundation or be relocated.


Cost Effectiveness
Xtreme Cubes used our HSS steel tube, making up the spaceframes for each unit, enabling us to exceed all structural requirements for the location, including seismic. The walls used cold-formed steel studs designed and rolled by our in-house team on our automated manufacturing equipment. This enables us to form the walls with minimal waste and few labor hours. The exterior of the building consisted of an insulated coated OSB product providing a suitable, water-tight substrate. A 60MIL TPO roof system was installed in the factory, with minimal stitching required on site. 


Each module was completed in the factory, including interior and exterior finishes—this reduced needed labor at the site, which led to significant cost savings for the end user.


The End of “Traditional Construction”
Modular is a greener, fast, and smarter way to build. The factory-controlled process generates less waste, fewer site disturbances, and allows for tighter construction.  Fabrication of modular buildings co-occurs with the site work, allowing projects to be completed much faster than traditional construction and are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications.  Once assembled, they are indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts.