‘Green’ Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 opens for tours

October 4, 2011

By Staff

Citizens can tour the ultra-“green” Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 as the facility opens for public tours Oct. 8.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the station, at 1770 N.W. Maple St. Firefighters plan to serve hot dogs and offer tours of the facility.

The station ranks among the most energy-efficient fire stations on the planet. Station 72 is designed to achieve the highest-rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum status.

The fire station is unlike any other in the United States. The building includes a system to pump heat from the ground, photovoltaic cells to catch sunlight and triple-paned windows to reduce heat loss — enough features to achieve the toughest standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The existing Station 72, a temporary structure meant to last five years, opened 11 years ago.

City Council members initiated the design process for a replacement in 2007. Construction started on the station in June 2010.

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