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Kennydale Fire Station 15 and Reservoir Project

 

 

Thank you for participating in our July 2017 project open house. A summary of the event and materials are available for review. The project is currently conducting permitting and final design activities. Project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2018.

 


The City of Renton is moving forward with plans to design and construct a new fire station in the Kennydale neighborhood on a city-owned parcel at 1404 North 30th Street, just west of I-405. The city will also utilize the site to design and construct a water reservoir to address long-identified needs for supply reliability, pressure surge control and to increase storage capacity in the Kennydale area for fire protection and domestic water use. Both activities are a collaboration of the Renton Regional Fire Authority (RRFA), Community Services’ Facilities Division and the Public Works Department’s Utility Systems Division. 

The fire station and reservoir project will meet neighborhood and city goals for greater safety and water supply reliability

Fire Station 15 is the result of investments in the Renton Regional Fire Authority, approved by voters in April 2016

  • Funding for a new Fire Station 15 was part of the package approved by Renton and Fire District #25 voters in April 2016’s Proposition 1, establishing the RRFA.
  • Project activities include the design and construction of a new 7,500 square foot fire station to support emergency response operations and periodic training. The design will carefully balance the total cost of ownership, the performance and efficiency of the facility design, the sustainability and durability of materials, and fit in the neighborhood.
  • The addition of a new fire station will provide improved response times for fire and emergency services in the Kennydale neighborhood and the RRFA service area, relieving some of the current load placed on Fire Stations 11, 12 and 16.

The reservoir will be co-located on the fire station property to meet a longstanding system need to provide reliability and redundancy of supply, and operational flexibility of the water system in the Kennydale 320 Pressure Zone, covering the Boeing Complex, the Kenworth Truck Complex, The Landing, the South Port Complex, Kennydale and north Renton

  • The new reservoir and other system improvements will improve the operations of the existing water system, provide surge protection from drastic changes in operational water pressure that can cause damage to water pipes, provide a redundant and reliable source of water for fire protection and meet the supply needs for future growth and development in the area. The other improvements on the west side of I-405 will improve pressures in parts of the system.
  • Project activities include engineering design and analysis to size and place an above-ground water reservoir with approximately 1.3 million gallons of storage capacity. The reservoir must be tall enough to provide and maintain system pressures to all water customers during peak water demand periods, including firefighting. The reservoir will extend approximately 100 feet above existing ground level, with a diameter of about 50 feet.
  • Funding for the design and construction of the new reservoir will be from the Water Utility Capital Improvement Program budget.
Project costs

Cost estimates are currently at a planning level and will be confirmed as part of the design process. Fire Station 15 has a capital budget of $5.5 million, with an anticipated annual operations and maintenance cost of approximately $32,000. The reservoir project has a proposed capital budget of $7 million.

Project schedule

Both projects will be in design through 2017 and construction is expected to begin sometime in early 2018. Construction of the fire station and reservoir are expected to last approximately 12 months for each project.

Community involvement

The city and RRFA intend to work closely with the community on this vital project, providing updated information about the progress of the design, as well as to solicit input at key points in the process to inform how the project can best fit these new facilities in the neighborhood. The project team will conduct outreach through community briefings and host a public meeting prior to the submittal of an environmental review and land use permit application.

Please sign up for our project newsletter for periodic updates, and visit the website for the latest information, including responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions or comments to share, please contact us at kennydale-project@rentonwa.gov or 425-430-7295.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why did the city choose this site for the fire station and reservoir?
The City of Renton purchased the property in 2001 with the intent siting a fire station to meet the growing demand on services in the area. The purchase of this specific property was the result of a strategic search and due diligence. The characteristics of the site also meet the specific needs for a reservoir in the Pressure Zone 320 on the west side of I-405. The proximity of the site to the 320 zone and site elevation provide a unique opportunity. Co-locating a reservoir on this site is a cost-effective use of city funds, versus purchasing or condemning a separate site in the neighborhood. Cost savings from co-location include site work, street improvements, landscaping, stormwater retention and permitting.

Why is a new reservoir needed?   
There are several drivers behind the siting of a reservoir, including current system performance, seismic resiliency and water supply for existing customers our growing community.

  • There is no water storage facility in the current 320 Pressure Zone.
  • The lack of gravity-fed water storage from a dedicated reservoir in the zone can result in “water hammer” or large spikes in water pressure. This can cause damage to infrastructure over time, raising operating costs.
  • Two water mains that feed into the current 320 Pressure Zone area convey water from reservoirs located in the Highlands. Both mains cross I-405, with sharp vertical bends under the corridor, and are at risk of failure in the case of a catastrophic event, such as a major earthquake. With no reservoirs in the area, Kennydale is vulnerable in an emergency situation.
  • The 320 Pressure Zone currently serves many customers, including approximately 926 single family units, 1700 multifamily units, 44 commercial, 20 industrial, 40 irrigation, 61 fire protection service and 9 city connections. Beyond Kennydale, the zone serves area north of downtown that has experienced significant development over the past decade, including the Boeing Company Renton Production Facility, PACCAR/Kenworth Truck Renton Assembly Plant, The Landing and South Port developments, Virginia Mason Athletic Center/Seahawks and Stoneway Concrete batch plant. This area is expected to develop further as the city and region continue to grow, placing more demand on the system.

 How big will the reservoir tank be?
The design process will determine the specific reservoir capacity, but we do know the reservoir will need to stand tall enough to deliver water at adequate pressure for our system (minimum 30 psi at the highest elevation home and 20 psi for fire suppression). Final reservoir height will also include the roof structure and necessary headspace for sloshing of water during a seismic event. Current plans indicate the reservoir will be approximately 100 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter. The total storage capacity is 1.3 million gallons..

Why is the city choosing to do this project now?
The City of Renton has owned this property since 2001 and funds for the construction of Fire Station 15 were committed as a result of the establishment of the RRFA in April 2016. The city’s water system plan first identified the need for a reservoir west of I-405 in 1983. Growth over the past 30 years has created challenges for efficient operation of the water system. The co-siting of the reservoir and the fire station is driven by this longstanding need, the opportunity presented by the construction of a new fire station, and the cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars.

How many fire trucks will Fire Station 15 have?
The RRFA is currently evaluating its overall system needs and is considering a two-bay design for Fire Station 15.

How many calls would this fire station respond to annually?
Based on 2016 data, this station would respond to approximately 1000 calls annually.

What is the service area for the new fire station?
Fire Station 15 will serve the Kennydale neighborhood west and east of I-405, as well as points south based on accessibility from I-405.

What are the funding sources for the project? Will it raise property taxes?
The April 2016 vote on the Renton Regional Fire Authority included the Fire Station 15 project; funding for the fire station is already accounted for in current property taxes. A total of $1.62 per $1,000 in assessed value goes to fire services, with $1.00 to RRFA and $0.62 to the City of Renton for this fire station.

The reservoir project will be funded from current utility rates. The City of Renton has committed to maintain current utility rates through 2017/2018, so no increases in rates are anticipated due to this project’s cost. 

How will the city and RRFA address impacts to the surrounding neighborhood?
While the benefits provided by these facilities are welcome, the city and RRFA recognize that there will be short-term impacts to immediate neighbors from project construction, as well as impacts from operations. We are committed to working with the community on specific elements of the design, including aesthetic treatments to the reservoir exterior and landscaping that can minimize visual impacts. We will work closely with neighbors throughout the project, from design through construction, to provide timely updates and address questions or concerns. Please sign up for project updates or contact us (project email/phone) with questions or comments.

 

 

 

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