Blue roof

MME Leads Development of San Francisco's First Blue Roof at Fire Station 16

The seismic and related improvements for Fire Station 16, part of the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond work, are now complete and the station is fully operational, with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Thursday, January 31st at 11:15 am.

The project included the demolition of the existing building, and construction of a new seismically safe fire station, which is designed to achieve LEED Gold rating. The building also includes the City’s first Blue Roof, a project spearheaded by MME.

MME led the development of the Stormwater Management Plan for Fire Station 16, and worked with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Public Works to identify the feasibility of a number of stormwater management alternatives for the project.  Various low impact design (LID) alternatives were considered for the land and roof constrained sight, and both a Blue Roof for detention and bioretention basins were selected. 

MME then facilitated the design to meet the SFPUC’s Stormwater Management Requirements for the City’s first Blue Roof stormwater management project. MME developed and submitted the Stormwater Management Plan and Stormwater Control Plan for the blue roof and bioretention, including a Maintenance Agreement for final SFPUC and Department of Building Inspection approval.  MME worked diligently with DPW and SFPUC to overcome schedule constraints, regulatory jurisdiction challenges, and overall design changes that occurred at various stages of the project and impacted stormwater management design. The Fire Station ultimately included a blue roof, which releases stormwater slowly and prevents peaks in collection systems flows. The design also includes infiltration basins below the sidewalk that collects stormwater from other areas of the roof, which infiltrates on site.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 31, 2019.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 31, 2019.

The New Fire Station 16.

The New Fire Station 16.

In addition to the Blue Roof, MME was part of the design of infiltration basins that receive part of the roof runoff and infiltrate it on site.

In addition to the Blue Roof, MME was part of the design of infiltration basins that receive part of the roof runoff and infiltrate it on site.