Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District Station 76

Fire Station 76 embraces fire as a feature of protection and beauty. This new station for Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 10 serves a community of small family farms and nurseries. Taking inspiration from local agricultural buildings, our design layered the subtle rural character of the area over the distinct functions of living and working. The structure comprises two masses: a vaulted apparatus bay clad with metal, and an office and living quarters wrapped in charred wood. Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese technique, was used to char the salvaged wood surface, providing protection from rot, water, and insects.

Warm western red cedar-clad porches carve into the living quarters, providing a rich comparison for the adjacent charred wood. The cedar continues to the daylight-filled building interior, blending inside with outside in these restorative spaces that provide calm and comfort as a respite from firefighters’ active duty. We oriented the firefighters’ living quarters to face views of Mount Hood and to soften sun and wind exposure, while still maintaining emergency response requirements with direct access to the apparatus bay. Glulam tudor arches spanned by tongue-and-groove cedar decking vault over the engines in the bay, which faces the road and presents this most recognizable feature of a fire station to the public.

For an in-depth look at the design process for Station 76, view the project monograph.

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Project Contact

Michelle Vo Hennebery Eddy Architects
Michelle Vo AIA


Merit Award, AIA Northwest And Pacific Region, 2016
Top Project, Public Service Category, DJC Oregon, 2016
Design Award, AIA Portland, 2015
Wood Design Award, Institutional Design, US WoodWorks, 2015
Wood Design and Building Award, Canadian Wood Council, 2015
Design Award, Unbuilt, AIA Portland, 2013