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Construction on New Fire Station 20 Begins in 2013 – It’ll Be Green & Sustainable

November 30th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Back in 2006, then-Mayor Greg Nickels described the West Queen Anne Fire Station 20 at 3205 13th Ave W, as being “in the worst condition of the 33 stations in our system”, citing its inability to meet current code requirements or the daily needs of firefighters, as well as its unsuitability for seismic retrofitting. In 2009, a new site for Fire Station 20 was chosen by the City Council – 2800 15th Ave W.

The new site is comprised of four lots, 2 vacant lots and 2 commercial lots (boarded up and vacant), at the northeast corner of 15th Ave West and West Armor Street. It will become the new home of Fire Station 20 in 2014, serving Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, and north downtown. Fast forward to today, the design firm has been chosen and plans are in place with early drawings available. Construction on the new station begins in Spring 2013 with completion estimated for early Summer 2014. The construction budget will top out at $5.7 million, funded by the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Program passed by voters in 2003.

The new Fire Station 20 won’t be your typical station – it’ll be an example of green infrastructure and the City’s new model of sustainable design. The City challenged the Fire Station 20 design team to create a building that meets the criteria for LEED Platinum certification, and adheres to guidelines outlined in the Architecture 2030 Challenge. Key impacts include reducing water usage by 40% and energy usage by 30% – with actual energy savings rising to 40-50% once the building is operational and running as planned.

The innovative green design elements include the following:

  • Terraced gardens along the north and east will provide a protected green area for native plants and a vegetable garden for the firefighters
  • Storm water runoff will be treated and filtered via systems as well as the garden’s vegetation
  • Two green roofs will support infiltration and evapotranspiration, provide additional softscape reducing heat-island effect, and provide a habitat for birds and insects
  • Ground source heat pumps will boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of the heating and cooling system
  • A rooftop solar panel array will provide all of the energy needed to heat the water used in the sinks and showers in the building, and store excess energy for use in the building.
  • All plumbing fixtures will be ultra-low flow, with toilets using 1.28 gallons per flush, versus the standard 3.5 gallons
  • Greywater from sinks, showers and laundry facilities will be collected, filtered, and reused on-site to flush toilets

The City and Design team want to use the new green, sustainable station as an educational opportunity to engage and inform people about how the project protects the environment, operates efficiently, and does so all in the space of 9,446 square feet. The site will be accessible to the public on three sides and the grade will allow people to see the solar panels and green roofs from above. The City is currently exploring public signage highlighting the sustainable features of the station and a flip-dot electronic signboard connected to the station’s control system.

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Interbay driving range re-opens, prices go up

March 24th, 2010 by Gladys

The driving range at the Interbay Golf Center has reopened nine days earlier than expected following a five-week, $1 million renovation according to

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The improvements include two new ball dispensers, fresh paint for the clubhouse and net poles, and new artificial turf for the golf range. Course management says the recent good weather allowed them to get the work done without any delays and open earlier than expected. The enhancements were funded solely by golf revenues, through the Golf Capital Improvements Fund, part of the City's 2005-2010 Capital Improvement Plan. In addition, the price of a round of golf  at Interbay is going up just a bit starting April 1, from $13 to $14 on weekdays and from buy cheap cialis online $15 to $16 on weekends. The range is currently open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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City Council to hold a meeting regarding the two proposed sites for a Queen Anne fire station

September 11th, 2009 by Thea

According to a press release published this afternoon, the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee is holding a meeting next week to discuss site options for the rebuilding of a Queen Anne fire station.

The committee will weigh the expansion of Fire Station #20 at its current location at 13th Avenue West and West Dravus Street on the north side of the hill, to the acquisition of a new site in Interbay, on the northeast corner of 15th Avenue West and West Armour Street.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and contribute their thoughts. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers inside City Hall, at 600 4th Avenue. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. The Committee will also hold a follow-up discussion on the preferred station site on Wednesday, October 7, at 9:30 a.m.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can view the cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21, or webcast live on the City Council’s website. The site also has archives or previous meeting minutes and news releases.

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Future of Fire Station 20 still undecided

September 22nd, 2008 by Miss Kitty

This week the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee held a hearing to review the options for moving and expanding Queen Anne’s Fire Station 20, now located at 13th Ave. W. and Dravus Ave. (The Seattle Channel recorded this hearing right here.)

The debate regarding this station has gone on for several years and was first brought to the attention of the public in 2006 with the passing of the Fire Levy.  This levy created a fund for renovating and updating fire stations around the city.

The challenging geography and the traffic challenges surrounding this site are making this a difficult issue. Enviro Issues, consultants to the city on siting issues, evaluated 42 possible site and ranked the top 3 sites which have been placed on the short list:

*   15th ave W and West Armour
*   17th and Bertona
*   20th Ave. W and W. Bertona

At the city’s request, also evaluated was the possibility of expanding the existing site to the south that ranked much lower than the short-list options.

While the short list created by the consultants seems to indicate that Fire Station 20 should be moved, there are other criteria that are being taken into account.  Among the issues being taken into consideration are the total response times and whether new sites improve these times, dealing with traffic concerns and the impacts, cost issues, impact on other stations, size of station, and more.

Another hearing on the siting of Fire Station 20 will be held on December 2 or 16. Public comment can also be sent to

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