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Fire Station No. 16

Fire Station No. 16 – City of Seattle, Owner

2012 ABC Excellence in Construction Award – Electrical & Communications  category

GC: Howard S. Wright Constructors, LP; Electrical Contract: $380,000; Project Timeline: June – November, 2011

Fire Station No. 16 was built in the Greenlake Neighborhood of Seattle in 1928. One of five Mission Revival style fire stations, No. 16 is considered a historic landmark.

As managing contractor for Division 26 (electrical), SME performed line voltage installations, raceway systems for power, lighting, data, alerting, paging and access control systems and managed three specialty subcontractors.

Number 16 is a reinforced concrete structure with concrete interior and exterior walls and suspended ceilings. Because the parcel size wouldn’t allow for building expansion, all trades had to coordinate in the existing 3,312 sq ft footprint for everyone to be able to complete their work.

To cut down on loss of time due to fragmented installations, out of sequence work and task shifting (caused by several trades working in a confined area), SME utilized prefabrication to build ahead of schedule components that could be delivered to the site at the time of installation. Contingency items like wall brackets, boxes and mud ring assemblies were constructed to mobilize to any unexpected area. Gang boxes, wire carts, material/tool storage equipment were fitted with wheels to allow SME and other trades to readily relocate when necessary.

The owner’s design team enthusiastically approved our request for a spec deviation to allow conduits to be run on the roof, which provided much needed interior space for other building systems. When feasible, conduit pathways that avoided ductwork and sprinkler piping were chosen. To minimize the cost of coring concrete, SME located and made use of horizontal penetrations in interior walls.

SME encouraged the involvement of the owner and fireman prior to wall cover inspections. Based on their knowledge of how they operated in the specific spaces, their input allowed us to make changes with minimal time or cost impact.

Testing and commissioning of the electrical scope of work involved integration across all systems into one cohesive unit. Representatives from SME, its three subcontractors, and the systems designers coordinated over one full week, running the gamut of tests required to ensure Fire Station No. 16 would be a fully functional, modernized operations center. This historic landmark was delivered to the City of Seattle Fire Department on schedule, transformed from the inside out and ready to serve the Greenlake Neighborhood for decades to come.