Fire Station #2 Redevelopment - 4595 Elk Lake Drive

A concept plan for redevelopment

Fire Station #2 has served the District of Saanich well for 40 years. Northern areas of Saanich, in particular Broadmead and Royal Oak, have seen tremendous growth and change since the facility was built in 1978. The Fire Department has been and continues to be able to adequately provide emergency services from this location. However, given current growth trends, we anticipate our ability to provide services will be strained if Fire Station #2 does not undergo any changes.

In spring 2018, Council adopted a Strategic Facilities Master Plan. The Plan outlines the need for capital investment and prioritization among the District's facilities. Fire Station #2 was ranked one of the highest priorities and has been the focus of activity for staff for some time.

The Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Concept Plan [PDF - 1 MB] focused on operational requirements, such as fire apparatus (e.g., fire engines and other vehicles) movement on and off the site, and not about building design. This first activity confirmed the viability of a concept, both in providing critical public safety services as well as costs.

Since our community public information meetings in 2018, staff advanced the planning of the project. The Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Business Case - Background, Project Need, Site Plan Requirements [PDF - 10 MB] [PDF - 10 MB] demonstrated the incorporation of comments and input received in the first phase of public consultation and outcomes of the progress to date.

At its meeting of May 27, 2019, Saanich Council approved funding for the Fire Station #2 Redevelopment Project and directed staff to commence all required processes to launch the program. This redevelopment project reflected the District's commitment to provide public safety services to residents and build a future of sustainable services delivery that residents of the District can rely on with increased confidence.

Staff in the Saanich Fire and Engineering Departments are working with a team of architects, engineers, landscape architects, arborists and surveyors in advancing the detailed design development [PDF - 21 MB] and building plans [PDF - 2 MB] for the project. Public information meetings were held in 2019 to provide feedback during the development phase of the project.

In 2020, the District submitted a Development Permit and Rezoning Application to Saanich Planning with current design imagery. As part of the project's public consultation and review process, Council voted to forward the required rezoning sites to public hearing. 
At its Special Council meeting of July 12, 2022, Council unanimously approved the rezoning submission for an expanded new Fire Station #2 in Royal Oak. 

New version of Fire Station #2

Fire Station #2 will be located at the corner of Elk Lake Drive and Royal Oak Drive, adjacent to the existing building, which will be torn down. The current lot will be combined with two adjacent lots already owned by Saanich.
The new version of Fire Station #2 will be 27,000 square feet, up from 3,800, and accommodate up to 10 fire fighters, rather than the current 4, and 8 vehicles rather than the current 2. A fire fighter training facility will be part of the development. 
The building will be to very high energy performance standards (net zero carbon building, LEED Gold and Energy Step Code level 2) and constructed of mass timber.
The new fire station's design is still being finalized and the project is expected to go out for tender in fall 2022, with construction to begin in early 2023 taking about 18 months.
The approved project budget is $26.6 million. 

How will this improve Saanich?

The provision of emergency services - fire suppression and emergency response - will be greatly improved with a facility that more properly stores Fire Department apparatus (much of the fleet currently is not stored according to standards). The increase of staff complement for future growth anticipates the needs of residents and visitors in the growing northern areas of the District. Additionally, the facility will play a significant role in helping Saanich achieve its 2050 reduction targets.

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