Seattle Fire Station 32, Washington Work Premises, Sustainable Building Development, Architecture Images
Seattle Fire Station 32 in Washington
Contemporary Alaska Junction Architecture Development in WA design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, USA
Apr 24, 2018
Seattle Fire Station 32 in Alaska Junction
Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Location: Alaska Junction, West Seattle, Washington, USA
Seattle Fire Station 32
City of Seattle Fire Station 32 is an 18,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of the fast-growing West Seattle Alaska Junction neighborhood. This centrally located station houses Engine Company 32, Ladder Company 11, Medic Unit 32, and Battalion Chief 7 serving West Seattle.
The project site occupies the threshold between single family residential areas and denser neighborhood commercial zones. Providing a civic presence, the station provides for the quick response of firefighters and medics, while addressing the scale of the visitor, the street and the neighborhood in a durable, efficient and sustainable building.
The layout of the fire station was largely driven by the parameters of the apparatus bay. The compact site necessitated a four-story building, with basement storage and three floors above grade, as well as stacked tandem parking spaces for station staff. The lower floors of the station are used for operational and administrative functions, while the longer third floor houses firefighter living spaces. Public spaces, such as the beanery and station office, are visible along the street, while private bunk rooms and individual offices are located along the quieter residential sides.
The station entry is marked by a large public art piece: a 25-foot-tall wall-mounted fire truck sculpture inspired by toy fire trucks carved by a West Seattle resident for the previous Fire Station 32. A low canopy draws visitors into the entry vestibule where they can receive free blood pressure screenings. The spacious vestibule provides views into the apparatus bay and bunker gear storage room: the staging area for firefighter protective gear.
The fully glazed north wall of the apparatus bay along SW Alaska Street showcases the 59-foot-long ladder truck and firefighter activities within for nearby residents and passers-by. Visible beyond the ladder truck and engine, a pair of two-story brass sliding poles provide direct access from the third floor living quarters above.
At the exterior rear apron along SW Alaska Street, ladder truck equipment checks and firefighter hose and ladder drilling exercises are visible to the public.
The hose drying tower acts as a visual marker for the station between the southern residential hillside and tall mixed-use buildings to the north. With a subtle lantern effect at night, the tower acts as a beacon of safety for residents and visitors.
In addition to providing fast response times for firefighters, the building is designed to enhance firefighter well-being and has generous natural daylighting and views to the exterior throughout. The station is designed to be highly energy efficient and is anticipated to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
Seattle Fire Station 32, Washington – Building Information
Location: Alaska Junction, Seattle, Washington, USA
Date Completed: August 2017
Client: City of Seattle, Department of Finance and Administrative Services
Size: 18,000 SF
Design Team: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Robert Miller, FAIA, Principal
Mark Adams, AIA, Project Manager
Emma Nowinski, AIA, Project Architect
Peter Bohlin, Kyle Boyd, Nicholas Hons, Cameron Marshall, David Miller, Adam Pazan, Kyle Phillips, Tahkeru Stewart, Michael Waltner
General Contractor: Howard S. Wright a Balfour Beatty Company
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architect: Swift Company
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice & Assoc.
Alerting Systems: Tetra Tech
Fire Station Consultant: TCA
Acoustical: A3 Acoustics
Envelope Consultant: RDH Building Solutions
Sustainability Consultant: Brightworks
Energy Modeling & Daylighting: IDL & Solarc Energy Group
Cost Estimating: The Robinson Company
Artist: Engineered Artworks
Photography: Nic Lehoux
Seattle Fire Station 32 in Washington images / information received 240418
Location: Alaska Junction, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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