The landscape of the new Fire Station 20 emphasizes the civic function of the building and provides respite from the industrial character of the adjacent 15th Avenue. A series of terraced planting areas with cascading vines, trees, and shrubs will soften the major regrading of the site necessitated by its steep topography. A system of runnels directs roof runoff into a series of bioretention planters along the southeast edge of the property. Two green roofs are highly visible from surrounding residential neighborhoods of Interbay and Queen Anne.
The Fire Station achieved LEED Platinum certification and meets the target of the Architecture 2030 Challenge. Sustainable landscape features include a site-specific stormwater collection and bioretention system, green roofs, and the use of native and adapted plants that require very little irrigation once established.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Client: City of Seattle
Architect: Mithun (designed as Schacht Aslani Architects)
Recognition: Certified LEED Platinum
98 LEED Points –
in top 0.1% of All LEED Certified Projects
Meets the 2015 Target of the Architecture 2030 Challenge