Mt Baker Boulevard, on which the new Fire Station 30 is located, was part of Fredrick Law Olmstead’s first open space master plan for Seattle in 1903 and is a registered historic landmark. To complement the historic expressions of the boulevard, Nakano Associates designed an ornamental landscape with lawns, perennials and decorative grasses that provides a pleasing front yard for the fire station. The other sides of the fire station are more utilitarian in nature and use plants that are drought tolerant and easy to maintain.
Mount Baker Fire Station received a LEED® Gold Certification and exceeded the City of Seattle’s Green Factor requirements. A bioswale that collects run off from the parking area runs along the West side of the building. The bottom of the swale is planted with a mix of grass species that can withstand both dry and wet conditions.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Client: City of Seattle
Architects: Mithun (designed as Schacht Aslani Architects)
LEED Gold Certified
AIA WA Council Civic Design Award Commendation, 2013
Daily Journal of Commerce Project of the Month, January 2012
Seattle Design Commission Award for Design Excellence, 2011
F.I.E.R.O. Honor Award, 2011