Seattle Fire Station #20

Seattle Fire Station #20, the highest scoring LEED fire station ever certified, is a new, 9,650 sq. ft., two-story station with two apparatus bays, replacing one of the city’s smallest fire stations serving the Ballard, Magnolia and Lower Queen Anne neighborhoods. Located in a high traffic area, the fire station strives to blend in with the neighborhood but also to educate the public, specifically about sustainability measures implemented in the building. A train station style ticker on the outside of the building provides passersby with updated energy and water use savings, while extensive green walls and two green roofs provide additional cooling for the building and habitat for local fauna, not to mention stormwater treatment and mitigation.

In pursuit of LEED Platinum certification, the project team has addressed the needs of building occupants by improving thermal comfort and ventilation; giving access to green space and HVAC controls; and focusing on healthy indoor building materials.  Earning a total of 98 points, the project has earned more LEED points than any other fire station certified by the US Green Building Council at the time. When combined with multiple energy use reduction strategies, it is anticipated that the combination of a 35 KW roof-mounted photovoltaic array and participation in Seattle City Light’s Green Up program will provide enough alternative power to meet the Architecture 2030’s 2015 targets of 70% energy reduction – a substantial goal and challenge throughout the design process.  In fact, the PV array will provide approximately 27% of the building’s total energy use!

O’Brien & Company joined the team during Schematic Design, starting with the facilitation of a sustainability workshop to identify project goals such as Architecture 2030 Challenge and LEED Platinum. O’Brien tracked the LEED progress through design and construction, ensuring that all points targeted to earn LEED Platinum were earned. O’Brien worked closely with the design team and contractor to meet project goals originally established; reviewing plans and submittals to ensure compliance with LEED, conducting additional materials research and performing on-site daylight measuring.

Project Team
– City of Seattle
Architect – Schacht|Aslani
Contractor – Forma Construction Company
MEP – Hargis
Energy Modeler – Hargis
Commissioning Agent – EEI
Landscape Designer or Contractor – Nakano Associates, Inc
Civil Engineers – CPL, Inc
Lighting Designer – Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates
Educational Signage and Ticker Board – Storyline Studio