Fire Station 22Location
City of SeattleData
10,030 SF station
4 full-time employees
This project is the last full-building replacement project under the 2003 Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. The new station provides drive-through access and numerous upgrades to meet current program standards.
The station is located at a complex nexus of neighborhoods and roads at the north end of Capitol Hill. Busy arterials wrap the station on two sides, with freeways creating a “canyon” on the other two sides. A proposed “lid” over SR-520, to the east of the site, will increase pedestrian exposure to the building in the future.
The station needs to mediate this complex site while maintaining rigorous programmatic requirements and balancing users’ desire for privacy. It does so with a sculptural facade along E. Roanoke Street, which provides privacy for the building’s users while creating pedestrian interest and texture. The station opens up to the future 520 Lid at the northeast corner, with a fully glazed lobby, the iconic Apparatus Bay egress doors, and a hose tower that acts as a landmark on the singular site.
Sustainability is an important aspect of the project; it earned LEED Platinum certification.
AIA Washington Civic Design Awards, Merit Award, 2018
Photography: © Lara Swimmer