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Community invited to tour Seattle’s latest fire station renovation
Fire Station 29 hosts an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to view the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 29, located at 2139 Ferry Ave. SW in the Admiral District during an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “Here is a chance for the residents to meet their local firefighters, learn more about their lifesaving techniques and see their improved work facility.”
Fire Station 29 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. The upgraded Fire Station 29 houses one engine company (E29) and provides capacity for one reserve engine unit. It was built in 1970 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2 million project.
“Fire stations are integral to the communities they serve. Our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters every day,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The upgrades and improvements to Fire Station 29 better equip the firefighters to continue that work and provide them a safer environment. I encourage everyone to visit the newly upgraded fire station and meet their neighborhood firefighters.”
Safety upgrades to the facility included seismic strengthening on the structure, a new fire sprinkler system and a decontamination room, which the original facility lacked. Improvements to the exterior included new lighting, an energy-saving roof, doors, fiberglass windows and a new brick addition that blends with the existing masonry, which was cleaned. Internally, the station has a new day room (in the new addition), a beanery (i.e., kitchen) with energy-saving fixtures and appliances, bunker gear storage, private bunk rooms and a new HVAC system.
Additionally, the project is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sustainability features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and insulation, and use of recycled and locally sourced materials.
The Fire Station 29 project was developed by the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Lawhead Architects P.S. and built by Par-Tech Construction Inc. Project construction began in March 2015 and was completed in December 2015.