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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Station 21 Reconstruction

  • Station 21: In Process Here it's really starting to look like a building.

  • Station 21: New Facade The new facade by artist David Franklin is called "The Rippling Wall." It was funded through the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Percent for Art program.

  • Station 21: The I-beams Installed The base for the new seimsically sound station being built

  • Station 21 New Boathouse Part of the Station 21 upgrade includes this new boathouse.

  • Station 21: Demo Station 21 during the demolition process

  • Station 21: Demo Station 21 during the demolition process

  • Station 21: Before Rebuilding A shot of Station 21 before demo and rebuilding

  • Station 21 Rendering An artist's rendering of Station 21

In 2010 the citizens of Portland passed a General Obligation Bond that provides funding to reconstruct Portland Fire & Rescue Station 21, located at 5 SE Madison on the east bank of the Willamette river. The new station is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2014 and will be constructed on the same footprint as the original station. Planned features of the new station include:

  • Community meeting room
  • Boathouse sheltering two PF&R water craft
  • ADA accessibility
  • LEED Gold Status
  • Photo voltaic solar panels
  • Public art coordinated by the Regional Arts and Culture Council

Seismic codes require that steel piles and grout columns be placed beneath the new station. These seismic upgrade requirements make it more cost effective to demolish the existing building. The new station will consist of two stories to the west for firefighter work space and a community meeting room. One story will face east for fire fighting apparatus and equipment.

The Eastbank Esplanade side of the building will be more inviting and interesting for public interaction than the previous station design. Windows at the northeast corner along the Eastbank Esplanade will provide views into the apparatus area. Future plans include the placement of historic firefighting equipment just inside these windows for public viewing.

Station 21 Rendering

South Side Looking North