Station 10 - EOC/FAC
Updated: March 28, 2016
About the Station
Fire Station 10 houses an engine company, a ladder unit and an aid unit. Station 10 also houses the Fire Department's primary hazmat unit and the reserve hazmat unit.
Previously, Fire Station 10 was located in Pioneer Square in the liquefaction zone. Aside from the geologic challenges of the site, the historic character of the building limited potential renovations.
About The Project
The Seattle architectural firm Weinstein A|U Architects + Urban Designers LLC designed the new facility with associate architects Ross Drulis Cusenbury of Sonoma, California. In addition to the fire station, the 60,333 square foot complex houses the Fire Alarm Center (FAC) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The building is constructed to essential facility standards — a 1.5 seismic safety factor — capable of withstanding an earthquake load 50 percent higher than most buildings. These design specifications affect most components of the building, from the use of concrete and steel to the window system and equipment specifications. To ensure the building remains operable after an earthquake, all critical building systems are designed to accommodate movement.
Fire Station 10, the Fire Alarm Center, and the Emergency Operations Center have the ability to operate continuously for 72 hours under emergency conditions.
The building design reflects the City's commitment to sustainability. A 12,000 gallon cistern under the back apron captures water from on-site fire department drills, and the roof provides 100 percent of the water for washing the trucks and watering the green roof. The 15,000 square foot vegetated roof reduces heat given off from the building and slows down water before it enters the storm system. The project received LEED Silver certification.
Three public artworks reflect the life-saving work of the emergency personnel housed in the facility. Seattle artist Gloria Bornstein created an artwork and developed an art plan for the site, which includes works by artists Stuart Nakamura, Jacquelin Metz and Nancy Chew.
Fire Station 10
Fire Station 10, a six-bay fire station, operates 24/7. At any time, 11 to 12 firefighters are on-duty. The new facility provides decontamination facilities, and modern living quarters for the crew and disaster supply storage. The Seattle Fire Department's Resource Management Center (RMC) is located at the station.
Fire Alarm Center
The Fire Alarm Center (FAC) is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The facility includes a 911 fire/medic dispatch area, sleep rooms and staff support rooms, a training room, server/radio communication equipment rooms, administrative offices and support spaces, and a police 911 back-up facility.
Emergency Operations Center
The EOC is the city's command center for coordinated leadership and direction. During an activation, the EOC can accommodate more than 150 emergency responders. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art systems including: Internet, satellite phones, video-teleconferencing, 800 MHz and short wave/amateur radio, 130 work stations, 27 LCD flat screens, and two 7' X 9' projection screens. During a declared emergency, the EOC serves as the seat of Seattle City government.
The building was completed in January 2008.
- April 2008: Firefighters began taking 9-1-1 fire dispatch calls in the Fire Alarm Center. Fire Station 10 crews moved into the new station.
- March 2008: The Fire Alarm Center administration moved into its new facility.
- January 2008: The Office of Emergency Management moved into the Emergency Operations Center and began operations.
- February 2007: The form of the building took its full height and shape with the completion of the steel frame.
- January 2006: The City broke ground on the project.
- November 2005: The Seattle Design Commission provided a second review of the design development phase following an initial design development review in June.
- March 2005: A community meeting took place to talk about building, landscape, art and security design details.
- January 2005: A community meeting was held to further discuss site development, landscape details, building facades, and pedestrian and security design.
- December 2004: The Seattle Design Commission reviewed the schematic design phase of the project.
- November 2004: A community meeting was held to gather input on site development, landscape concepts and neighborhood culture. Gloria Bornstein was selected as the lead public artist. The Seattle Design Commission reviewed the project concept design. A Community Advisory Panel, a group assembled to provide feedback on design and community impacts, began meeting.
- July 2004: The Seattle Design Commission reviewed the project pre-design.
- March 2004: Weinstein A|U Architects + Urban Designers LLC were selected as the project architects with associate architects Ross Drulis Cusenbury of Sonoma, CA.
- Daily Journal of Commerce, April 8, 2009
AIA Project of the Month: Fire Station 10: A stately civic presence and, sometimes, a beehive
- Government Technology, Feb. 28, 2008
New State-of-the-Art Emergency Operations Center Opened in Seattle
- Seattle Times, May 18, 2008
Mayor Nickels dedicates new Seattle fire station
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 17, 2008
City's newest fire station open for business