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Community invited to check out Seattle’s latest fire station renovation
Fire Station 18 hosts an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016
SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 18, located at 1521 NW Market St. in Ballard, during an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
“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 18 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. It was built in 1974 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 $4.6 million project.
“Fire stations are integral parts of the communities they serve, and our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters every day,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The upgrades and improvements made to Fire Station 18 better equip the firefighters to continue that work and provide them a safer environment. I encourage the public to check out the newly upgraded fire station and meet their neighborhood firefighters.”
The renovation of the facility included additions to the northeast, southeast and southwest corners of the building, structural upgrades and substantial improvements to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. The roof, windows and most doors were replaced to comply with current energy code, single-occupant bunk rooms were added, and the lobby, offices and training facilities were renovated. Finally, accessibility and egress improvements were made to the building entrances, restrooms and an elevator.
The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sustainability features include efficient HVAC systems and controls, low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and insulation, and use of recycled and locally sourced materials.
The Fire Station 18 is the lead station for Battalion IV, which covers most of northwest Seattle. The station houses a large number of functions, including an engine company (E18), a ladder unit (L8), a medic unit (M18) and a battalion chief unit. It houses a number of reserve units as well, including a reserve battalion chief unit, a reserve ladder unit and a reserve medic unit.
The Fire Station 18 project was developed by the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by SHKS Architects and built by Faber Construction Inc. Project construction began in January 2015 and firefighters moved in on March 1, 2016.