Fire Station 16 was built in 1927. In 2004, the mission/colonial revival style building received landmark designation from the City of Seattle.
The renovation is being done using funds from the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy, which was approved by 69% of Seattle voters in 2003.
Renovation plans, as well as details concerning a temporary location to be used during construction, were made available by the City of Seattle and Hoshide Williams Architects at Fire Station 16′s open house last Sunday (June 27, 2010).
From the outside of the building the only visible change will be new garage doors. The window pattern on the new doors will be reminiscent of the building’s original doors. The building will also get a fresh coat of paint. The color will remain the same.
The station is receiving seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. There will be also be interior renovations, including new bathrooms and new workout facilities for the firefighters, as well as several upgrades which will improve the station’s operations.
Temporary location at John Marshall High School
During renovation of the permanent station, a portion of the John Marshall High School parking lot (520 NE Ravenna Blvd) will be used as a temporary location for Fire Station 16. The John Marshall High School, an alternative school, was closed in 2008. It currently houses several tenants, including the Northwest Girlchoir.
Fire Station 16 will move to John Marshall High School just prior to the start of construction on the permanent station in the spring of 2011. Once work on the permanent station is completed, around the beginning of 2012, crews will move back.
There will be three structures at the temporary site: two portables containing a garage and a bunker, and a large white tent structure which will house the fire station.
A white tent similar to the one which will be constructed at John Marshall High School is currently going up at a temporary location for Fire Station 17 at 4557 11th Ave NE. Note, however, that Station 16′s tent will be, at 20’ wide x 60’ long, half the size of the Station 17 tent.