A unanimous choice for the only Honor Award this year. All aspects of the building work well together - a beautiful project at all levels: conceptual clarity, clear planning, elegant detailing, and beautiful execution.2016 Washington Civic Design Award, jury comment
This building replaces the original FS #92 – built in 1962 as a small volunteer fire station updated with incremental additions over the years. Seismic deficiencies and years of deferred maintenance had left the station unsafe, with little street presence on a highly visible and heavily trafficked community thoroughfare adjacent to a popular neighborhood shopping center. Directly across the street is Pioneer Park, 113 acres of land maintained by the City of Mercer Island as a native northwest forest.
There is something inherently magnetic about fire stations. From the earliest ages, kids love to look at and be invited by the firefighters to climb on or ride in a fire truck. Adults use kids as an excuse to visit the fire station, and secretly hope that they too get the knowing wink from the firefighters and are allowed to climb on one of the rigs.
Providing open and inviting views into the apparatus bay from the sidewalk and street creates a more positive connection to the community . Greater connections lead to improved awareness, which in turn leads to a higher level of support and vocal advocacy for these vital community services.