Kennydale Fire Station 15 and Reservoir Project
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 address long-identified needs for water system improvements to provide supply reliability, pressure surge control and to increase storage capacity in the Kennydale area for fire protection and domestic water use. The two 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 will improve the operations of the existing water system, provide surge protection from drastic changes in 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.
- Project activities include engineering design and analysis to size and place an above-ground water tank with approximately 1 to 1.5 million gallons of capacity and site utilities. The tank must be tall enough to provide and maintain system pressures to all water customers during peak water demand periods, including firefighting. The tank will extend approximately 120 feet above existing ground level.
- Funding for the design and construction of the new reservoir will be from the Water Utility Capital Improvement Program budget.
Cost estimates are currently at a planning level. Fire Station 15 has a capital budget of $5.5 million, with an anticipated annual operations and maintenance cost of $32,000. The 320 Zone Reservoir project has a proposed capital budget of $7 million.
Both projects will be in preliminary design through spring 2017, with final design continuing into summer 2017. Project construction is expected to begin sometime between late 2017 and early 2018. Construction of the fire station and reservoir are each expected to last approximately 12 months, with a phased construction schedule to be determined once project designs are developed.
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 a permit application.
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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 Pressure Zone 320.
- 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 Pressure Zone 320 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.
- Pressure Zone 320 serves many customers, including 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 tank capacity, but we do know the tank 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 tank height will also include the roof structure and necessary headspace for sloshing of water during a seismic event. Current plans indicate the tank will be approximately 120 feet tall.
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 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 tank 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.