New lifeguard station gets nod

DEL MAR — Concluding a lengthy review process, final designs for the new $2.8 million Del Mar Beach Safety Center, to be constructed at the end of 17th Street, have been unanimously approved by the city of Del Mar Design Review Commission.
The new two-story Del Mar Beach Safety Center will replace the existing beachfront lifeguard headquarters building, which is several decades old and in serious disrepair. In addition to an expanded lifeguard facility, the new Del Mar Beach Safety Center will include new public restrooms, showers and seat walls, a new First Aid room, new locker rooms and a new administration area on the second floor. Designs for the new facility also addressed community concerns over parking, beach access, community character and view preservation.
Construction of the new Del Mar Beach Safety Center will be paid for through public and private donations, said Pat Vergne, head lifeguard in Del Mar. Fundraising is being spearheaded by The Friends of the Powerhouse.
“The new lifeguard facility in Del Mar is much needed and will provide a major upgrade for both the lifeguard staff and the community it serves,” Vergne said. “We are very happy with the final design chosen by the community and are excited to commence construction of this long-overdue improvement.”
The Del Mar Beach Safety Center will occupy a highly visible location next to the beach, one of the city’s primary assets, said Allard Jansen, of Allard Jansen Architects, whose firm also designed the new Marine Safety Center in Solana Beach.
The new Del Mar Beach Safety Center replaces the existing Lifeguard Headquarters with a new facility approximately 2,644 square feet in size. The new facility will be located slightly north of the existing building to increase the quality of coastal views. At 26 feet high, the new building is the same height as the existing structure.
“Featuring a fresh design in keeping with the Del Mar community character, construction materials will include a metal Kynar clad roof, exposed concrete masonry walls, and clad windows,” Jansen said. “Sustainability and environmental issues were researched and the major focus of the project was to utilize durable materials that had low maintenance and long-term resilience.”
The new Del Mar Beach Safety Center will increase the number of available restroom stalls from four to six, and the adjoining public restrooms and shower stalls meet ADA standards. Additional improvements of the project include the construction of a new seawall to replace the existing raised berm and riprap to the west of the existing structure.

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