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Mineta San José International Airport ARFF Fire Station 20 Wins the ENR Award of Merit

August 8, 2022

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Mineta San José International Airport ARFF Fire Station 20 Wins the ENR Award of Merit

Engineering News-Record California recognizes the team effort led by Overaa Construction for delivering a groundbreaking fire station at SJC

San José, Calif. – ENR California, one of the construction industry's most authoritative publications, has awarded Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility (ARFF) Fire Station 20 its Award of Merit in the Airport/Transit category for Northern California as part of its 2022 Best Projects competition.

SJC Airport Director John Aitken said, “This award is recognition of the outstanding team effort to build a new, modern Fire Station 20 to serve both the Airport and the community surrounding SJC”.

Since 1917, Engineering News Record has provided engineering and construction news, analysis, data, and connected diverse sectors of the industry in the United States and around the world. For nearly 60 years, ENR has also been celebrating excellence in construction, awarding recognition to state-of-the-art projects and developments.

Overaa Construction, general contractor for the SJC ARFF project, submitted the application for the ENR Regional Best Projects Award on behalf of the project team.

“The team truly came together from early planning among City and Airport stakeholders, to the details and craftsmanship of final finishes. This award is a testament to the partnered effort throughout the entire design-build project,” Overaa P.E., QSD., Emily Setoudeh said.

In March 2022, the City of San José, along with representatives from City Hall, FAA, San José Fire Department and SJC, celebrated the opening of the new San José Airport Fire Station 20. This unique, dual-function station includes facilities and resources that expand SJFD coverage beyond the Airport to better serve the adjacent community.

It is the first facility of its kind to serve two separate firefighting crews within one building. Fire Station 20 supports both airport rescue personnel, and City firefighters. The facility provides both crews improved access to lifesaving equipment and resources to protect the one million residents of San Jose and the millions of passengers that travel through SJC every year.

The hybrid facility increases efficiency of lifesaving support and saves public resources. The new ARFF Fire Station 20 is also pursuing LEED Silver certification and includes environmentally friendly features such as bicycle racks and lockers, two electrical vehicle-charging stations, and both photovoltaic and motion-sensored lighting.

In addition to Overaa, the design and construction team included Tenover Studio, and Mar Jang Design.

More on ENR California BEST PROJECTS Awards here California Views | Engineering News-Record (

Detailed information about Airport ARFF Fire Station 20 is available at PressRelease_Airport Fire Station 20 Ribboncutting_03302022.pdf (

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