Seattle Fire Station 32

Seattle, WA

City of Seattle
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Square Footage
18,000 SF
Electrical Engineering and Lighting Design
Completion Date
August 2017

LEED Platinum Certified

City of Seattle Fire Station 32 is an 18,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of the fast-growing West Seattle Alaska Junction neighborhood. The new facility replaces a 40-year-old building in the fast-growing West Seattle’s Alaska Junction neighborhood.

The four-bay station houses Engine Company 32, Ladder Company 11, Medic Unit 32, and Battalion Chief 7.

The centrally located station facilitates a quick response of firefighters and medics.

The compact site necessitated a four-story building, with basement storage and three floors above grade, as well as stacked tandem parking spaces for the staff.

The lower floors of the station are used for operational and administrative functions, while the more extended third-floor houses firefighter living spaces. Public spaces, such as the beanery and station office, are visible along the street, while private bunk rooms and individual offices are located along the quieter residential sides.

The station was designed to be highly energy efficient. Green roofs to reduce the heat island effect, a solar hot water system, and high-efficiency HVAC and photovoltaic systems that result in 50% annual energy savings are some of the sustainable strategies incorporated in the design. The facility also delivers generous natural daylight and exterior views throughout.

“A fire station is not just where firefighters work—it is where we live, trade stories, and decompress. The success of this space, the way it is designed to enhance group interaction and team building, cannot be underestimated.”
Michael “Miki” Mann, Firefighter and Paramedic, Seattle Fire Station 32