12617 SW Walnut Street, Tigard 97223
Project Status - COMPLETED
TVF&R Opens First
LEED Certified Fire Station
February 28, 2009 was a big day for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. After being constructed on time and within budget, our first new station in over a decade officially “opened” with help from neighbors in north Tigard and south Beaverton.
The new station has a large bay (garage) for the engines, which was a good thing because a curious crowd of 1500 children, parents, and elders turned out. The fire engines got inspected (and climbed on), the station’s
environmentally-friendly design got positive reviews, and a lot of water got sprayed. The smiles on everyone’s face made it clear that Station 50 and its crew are a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and they are glad to be there, too.
The 11,700 square foot station includes sleeping rooms, a kitchen, physical fitness area, an office, the apparatus and storage bay, and a community room. Initially, the station will be home to a daily crew of four firefighters, but as demands for service increase in the future, additional personnel and equipment can be added. While the station serves the
9th largest geographic area in the District (out of 20), it ranks third in population density with 23,000 residents.
The project also resulted in a 1.5 acre addition to neighboring Jack Park, as well as extra parking for that resource. The City of Tigard purchased the property from TVF&R and contributed to the construction of an expanded community room at the station.
October 2008 - Construction Continues
Construction is on schedule and the station is expected
to open in January. This will be TVF&R's first
LEED certified fire station. With the exterior almost completed,
contractors are now focusing on interior construction projects and
utilities. The four-person engine crew assigned to Station 50 is
temporarily positioned at Station 34 and will be moved to this
station once it opens.
July 2008 - The Makings of a Fire Station
The foundation is poured and walls and
roof trusses put in place.
- Constructions Begins with Community Input
Community input was incorporated into the
architectural plans, and the City
of Tigard approved the land use application. The construction contract has been
awarded and construction has begun. A
Ground Breaking Ceremony was also held
May 2007 - House Removed from Property
To prepare the property for construction, a house on the property was removed in a Training House Burn. The
training burn allowed recruit firefighters attending the Spring 2007 TVF&R Firefighter
Academy to gain valuable experience in a live fire environment. The barn and out
buildings remain were demolished by the contractor. Photos of Training Burn.
When operational, this fire station will serve north and
northwest Tigard (Summer Lake), north and northeast Bull
Mountain areas, and portions of southern Beaverton (Progress
Ridge and Barrows Road). Rapid growth in these communities, has
resulted in longer response times to those neighborhoods.* To
remedy this, TVF&R is adding its first fire station in more than
10 years. The new 11,700-square-foot station and community room
will be located on Walnut Street near Gaarde Road, adjacent to
In addition, TVF&R is working with the City of Tigard to use a
portion of the site for better access and parking for Jack Park.
* Response times for this area have increased to over 8 minutes
in recent years. TVF&R's goal is to have its first unit on scene
within 6 minutes. Alternatives to a new station were pursued,
including technological changes to speed the dispatch process
and adding units to surrounding existing fire stations. These
actions did not stop the degradation of response times.