Years later Yovino worked here as a teenager. The building is now on the local register of historic resources so some of it had to be restored during the intensive renovation. The wooden beams exposing the ceiling -- the massive wooden doors to the cold storage rooms. Deputy Chief Aranaz calls it a step up from the fire department's current headquarters on "M" Street which was originally designed as a fire station. "We're also adding our arson investigators and training division. Now we'll all be under one roof."
More efficient and more spacious. The new headquarters will have double the space it used to with 24-thousand square feet. Yovino says his dad would be proud. "My dad would say this is great that we can have a building that's over 100 years old be reused and be given a whole new life."
The renovation cost four and a half million dollars, half of which the city is paying for. Had they demolished the building and started from scratch it would have only cost about three million dollars but the idea was to preserve this beautiful historic building.