New Fire Station 3

Location

  • The new Station No. 3 will be located at 2425 S. 900 East (west of Mountain Dell Golf Course and northwest of Fairmont Park).
  • The current No. 3 Station, located on 1085 E. Simpson Avenue (2250 So.), will close. When the new station opens, this will close; Plans for the Simpson Ave. building have not been announced.
  • Station 3 will continue to service the primary areas between 1700 S and 3300 South, and 600 E. to 1700 East.

Energy Efficiency

  • The station will be a Net Zero, LEED-certified, gold facility. It will use solar features, specialized insulation, natural light, and other energy-saving items.
  • A Net Zero building creates as much energy as it consumes, which is key in Salt Lake City’s 100 percent renewable-energy goal which is anticipated will create long-term environmental and economic benefits.

Construction

  • Station No. 3’s construction is on a “365-day build,” which means it should take exactly one year from the start date to complete. (Construction started on July 15.)

Station History

  • Sugar House was annexed to Salt Lake City In March of 1910. Before then, crews from downtown Salt Lake City responded.
  • Fire Station No. 3 was built in response to requests for improved response by commercial and residential property owners.
  • In 1945, better equipment was needed but budget constraints delayed the construction of the Simpson Avenue station until 1974.
  • The initial design concept was a high-school drafting project by the son of former Fire Chief, Leon DeKorver.
  • The building’s architecture reflected a Modernist style. Coincidentally, this was the time when energy conservation became a requirement for municipal buildings.
  • After 40 years, the proliferation of multi-story buildings in the business district and resulting increase in population has made the existing fire station obsolete.
  • In 2014, an extensive process to select a site and design a new facility began.
  • After consideration, a portion of Salt Lake City’s Forest Dale Golf Course parking lot was selected for the new fire station. The property was rezoned and subdivided.
    Construction on the new Station started in July 2017, and is being built by Wadsworth Construction.

(Note: some historical details have been used and adapted from from Lynne Olson’s article in Utah Stories)