Work will begin next month on Fire Station 72
May 25, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
Construction should start by late June on eco-friendly Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, the replacement for a threadbare fire station near state Route 900.
City Council members awarded the $3.9 million construction contract to Oregon contractor Par-Tech Construction last week — part of the $5.8 million authorized by the council to complete the project.
The facility will replace the aging Station 72 less than a mile down Northwest Maple Street from the construction site.
Crews will build the new station on the undeveloped northeast corner of the Issaquah Transit Center property.
Officials promised a “green” building from the masonry-and-aluminum façade to the triple-paned windows. Plans call for the facility to open by next summer.
Engineers had estimated the project could cost the city about $840,000 more. Project Manager Brad Liljequist said the savings resulted from a competitive climate for builders and cutting costs throughout the design process. Crews will build a flat roof for the facility and Station 72 will not include any carpeting in the facility — both money-saving measures.
Liljequist said the design team eschewed unproven technologies for tried-and-true methods — like the triple-paned windows — to make the building more sustainable.
The city and EFR also incorporated “green” features in Station 73, the highlands station that opened in September 2003. But Station 72 will use more eco-friendly features.
The city, architect and EFR designed Station 72 to sip water and energy. The facility will pump heat from the earth for ground-source heat pumps. Sunlight will juice up photovoltaic cells and heat water. Crews will build the station to LEED Platinum standards — the most stringent sustainability benchmarks set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Liljequist compared the fire station to zHome — a townhouse complex meant to produce as much energy as the units consume — in the Issaquah Highlands. Construction started on zHome last month.
“It’s not quite at the level of zHome, but it’s pretty darn close,” he said.
Liljequist also serves as the zHome project manager.
Kelly Refvem, EFR chief of maintenance, said the Station 72 rebuild aims to provide firefighters and employees with a more functional layout, as well as more space for equipment. The planned station will increase the number of bays for vehicles from two to three.
The existing facility — built in 2000 — had been intended as a temporary structure and was meant to last five years. The council authorized design work on a replacement station in 2007. Issaquah residents pushed the replacement process along in November 2008, when a $4.5 million construction bond received overwhelming approval at the polls.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or email@example.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.