ARTS commissions Wayne Chabre for artwork at SPU’s Cedar Falls Administration Building

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will commission artist Wayne Chabre to design and install a new site specific artwork for the new Cedar Falls Administration Building at the Cedar River Watershed. Chabre will work collaboratively with Cedar Falls staff to create an artwork installation utilizing materials harvested from within the watershed.

Wayne Chabre creates figurative and narrative sculptures in cast bronze, fabricated steel, copper, aluminum, and brass. He has specialized in architectural and garden sculpture for over 30 years. Chabre’s artwork is featured at Seattle’s Fire Station 28; and he has completed commissions for the Washington State University, Vancouver campus, and Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

SPU’s Cedar Falls Facilities are located approximately 30 miles east of Seattle, and ten miles south of North Bend, Washington, within the hydrological boundary of the Cedar River Watershed. These facilities support critical functions in the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Water Supply System, the first of three major components of SPU’s system to transport water from its source to consumers. The new Administration Building at Cedar Falls will improve efficiency, safety, and communication for the current staff while establishing the infrastructure and foundational resources capable of supporting ongoing improvements over the facility’s second century of operation.

Chabre was selected by a panel of artists, design professionals, and Cedar Falls (SPU) staff. The project is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Image: Wailing Bell, 1996, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA Campus. Bronze, Locust, Yew, steel. 17′ x 12′ x 2′. Photo: Artist

Bitter Lake Fire Station Open House Saturday September 6, 2014

Fire Station 24, located at 401 North 130th Street,  hosts an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

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 24, located at 401 N. 130th St. in the Bitter Lake neighborhood during an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “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 24 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. Fire Station 24 houses one engine company (E24) and a reserve engine. It was built in 1975 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required minor seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2.1 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 24 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.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, seismic strengthening on the structure and asbestos abatement in the ceiling were performed. This project added decontamination facilities and EMS equipment storage, as well as new interior lighting and paint. The crew bunk and living areas and the physical training room were configured, and restroom facilities were altered to comply with current building codes.

The Fire Station 24 project was developed by the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Hoshide Wanzer Williams Architects and built by Van Rossen Construction. Project construction began in July 2013 and was completed in March 2014.