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Fire Station 10


Seattle, WA


City of Seattle Fleets and Facilities Department


69,000 sf public safety complex



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Emergency Operations Center Fire Alarm Center

This complex integrates the City of Seattle’s largest fire station, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and the Fire Alarm Center (FAC).

Located on a 63,000 SF urban site, the public safety complex is surrounded by high-volume, one-way arterial streets. It also slopes 50’ from high point to low-point. With those realities, the site presented significant challenges in terms of organization and location of the required six-bay, drive-through fire station.

Responding to the imperatives of a drive-though apparatus bay, the fire station is located on the most visible southwest corner of the site. As a result, the fire station is the public face of the complex. The apparatus bay is expressed as a glass display box, the facility’s sole symbolic element. The EOC and FAC, considered private and secure facilities, are located more remotely in a 3-story bar along Fifth Avenue.

Overall, the complex is located at the seam between historic Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District, both of which are characterized by brick buildings. Today, Fire Station 10 is anchored to its site by a masonry base. The cost effective and easily maintained two-story metal-clad volumes float above the base elements. The volumes contain the majority of the project’s programmatic components.


Fire Chief Magazine’s Station Style Awards, Shared Facilities Silver Medal, 2008
AIA National Citation for Justice Facilities Review, 2006
Commendation for Design Excellence, Seattle Design Commission, 2005
LEED Silver Certified

Photography: © Michael Burns