Fire Station 22 design reflects its key location

Fire Station 22, built in 1964 at 901 E. Roanoke St., is being replaced with a building more than twice its size. Construction is expected to wrap up later this year on the 10,000-square-foot station.

The city’s website says the old 4,000-square-foot station was outdated and too small to handle modern equipment and staff levels, making it more cost effective to replace than remodel. It was removed to make way for the new station.

Weinstein A+U, the project architect, says the station is at a complex nexus of neighborhoods, with busy arterials on two sides, and Interstate 5 and state Route 520 nearby. The firm says a proposed lid over Route 520 to the east would increase pedestrian exposure to the building in the future.

Weinstein designed the new station with a sculpted facade along Roanoke that provides privacy for people inside while creating “pedestrian interest.” A glazed lobby and apparatus bay doors on the northeast side will face the future highway lid, and a hose tower will act as a landmark.

The station will have drive-thru bay space for a fire engine and an incident command unit. There also will be a decontamination/clean room, maintenance area and storage alcove.

Fire crews will get offices, kitchen and dining area, fitness room, showers, day room, laundry room, firefighter bunks and officers’ quarters. A unisex bathroom for visitors will be off the station office.

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article indicated the unisex bathroom would be in the lobby.)

Weinstein and its team are pursuing LEED platinum for Station 22. It is only the third of the 12 stations built under the 2003 levy to seek that designation. The other two are Station 32 in West Seattle and Station 20 in Interbay. Station 20 is the only one to be certified platinum so far. Station 32 is under construction and should be finished before Station 22.

Par-Tech Construction of Tacoma was awarded a $9.47 million contract last year to build Station 22. There were four contractors seeking the job.

Par-Tech crews are framing and installing brick cladding. Next, they will install metal panel cladding. The concrete tower used for hose drying was recently poured.

Station 22’s crews are stationed out of an interim facility at 3100 Eastlake Ave. E. during construction.

Here is the project team: Swenson Say Faget, structural engineer; Greenbusch Group, mechanical engineer; LPD Engineering, civil engineer; Stantec, electrical engineer; Tetra Tech + INCA, traffic, signalization and alerting; O’Brien Co., LEED project management; and Murase Associates, landscape architect.

Weinstein also designed Station 10 in the International District and Station 6 in the Central District.

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Rendering by Weinstein A+U

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