Spokane (WA) Fire Department Station 4

F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Award Winner

Station: Spokane (WA) Fire Department Station 4

Architect: Denny Christiansen

A common thread found among F.I.E.R.O award-winning designs is a very restrictive site for a new or remodeled station. The Spokane (WA) Fire Department’s Station 4, by architect Denny Christiansen, is no exception. The station was built inside a busy street cloverleaf’s loop. The design team found very effective ways to work within the site constraints and create an efficient and attractive four-bay station quartering two active companies.

These included wise traffic flow patterns on the site and efficient interior travel pathways for quick loading of the apparatus by firefighters from the different locations in the station. The design team worked closely with a neighborhood committee concerned with keeping the station aligned with the neighborhood’s historic buildings. The designers created an attractive building that has a historic feel to it by the replication of brick and lintel patterns from the original Station 4 that stood a few blocks away. Photo courtesy of F.I.E.R.O. (Fire Industry Education Research Organization).

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