Fire Stations, along with hospitals and police stations, are designated by building code as essential facilities. The proposed fire station seismic upgrades are crucial to ensure safe and uninterrupted operation of our regional critical facilities after an earthquake event. Seismic upgrades for essential facilities must go beyond “life safety” standards to a higher level of protection to minimize damage so that these facilities have an improved capability to function during and after a design level earthquake.
District 34 Fire Stations 14 and 18 are located outside the City but are manned and managed by the Redmond Fire Department under the Fire Department Services Agreement between the City and District. The Project Management Services Agreement, approved by Council, establishes that the City will manage the seismic upgrade project in the same manner as the City manages all Public Works projects. The City will receive payment for direct costs and services in constructing and managing the seismic upgrade project for the District.
The City of Redmond and Fire Protection District 34 have hired Reid Middleton to conduct preliminary design work and seismic evaluations of the existing structural systems at both stations. Their assessment is intended to evaluate the ability of each existing building's lateral system to resist added seismic loads and identify deficiencies that may exist. Once the evaluation assessment and preliminary design phase of the project is complete, Reid Middleton will begin the final design for bid documents.