Fire Station #22

Seattle, WA

This award-winning LEED Platinum®  firehouse is a model of sustainability and a great place to work and visit



  • Sustainable design elements focused on healthy indoor environments and reduced need for virgin resources.
  • Rainwater collected in two 6,000-gallon cisterns will be used to reduce potable water use for truck washing, irrigation, and sewage conveyance by 100%.
  • 78 on-site solar panels provide over 11% of the building’s annual electricity use by cost.
  • Circadian-based lighting systems to help regulate firefighters even when working long shifts.
  • Crenellations along the building façade alternate to provide both privacy and daylight to the various interior spaces.
  • Renovated beanery provides a comfortable communal space with access to an outdoor patio for downtime between emergency calls.
  • The project has won Merit Awards from AIA Washington and AIA Seattle.

Certified in early 2018, the City of Seattle has another LEED Platinum facility: the Roanoke neighborhood Fire Station 22.  Replacing the 1964 original fire station and constructed on the same site, the new two-story, 10,000 square-foot facility provides several needed upgrades. Design details such as increased bay space, a decontamination/clean room, storage for major disaster supplies and EMS equipment, as well as a visitor-accessible restroom, office space, a physical fitness room, beanery, and bunk rooms, all make the new facility a great place to work and visit.

O’Brien360 joined the team as LEED Project Manager early in schematic design and guided it through occupancy. Our staff facilitated a LEED focused eco-charrette, helping the team and owner to identify sustainability goals. We referenced these goals as the design progressed to ensure the design decisions considered these important sustainability initiatives. O’Brien360 provided specification and drawing reviews, material selection guidance, and quality control reviews during the documentation phase, among other services.

In accordance with the city’s Priority Hire Program, the Fire Station 22 project included a community workforce agreement (CWA) that identified goals for including construction workers from the community, women, people of color, and apprentices. To learn more about these goals and the project outcomes, visit the City’s Fireline Blog.