completion

2014

location

2800 15th Avenue West
Seattle, WA

owner

City of Seattle

scope

Predesign, architectural, site & interior design for a new 9,400 sf fire station.

sustainability

Targeted LEED Platinum

Fire Station 20

In 2004, the City of Seattle embarked on a nine-year journey to upgrade, renovate or completely replace thirty-two neighborhood fire stations throughout the city. Fire Station 20, a new facility located at the base of Queen Anne Hill, is one of the last stations to be developed, and one of the most ambitious from a green infrastructure standpoint. Pulling from lessons learned over the last eight years, the city challenged the design team to create a building that not only meets the criteria for LEED Platinum certification, but also follows the guidelines set in the Architecture 2030 Challenge.

The design of the modest, 9,446 square foot building is a response to these goals, the nature of its place in the tough, industrial fabric of its neighborhood, and the unique character of its site. The station is designed to create a civic presence for the Seattle Fire Department and serve as a model of innovative sustainable design.