Man pushes in fire truck at opening of new fire station in Ellensburg, Wash., Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Photo by: Sofia Jaramillo

Brownfield to Keystone: Ellensburg’s new fire station

It rose where a truck weigh station left the soil contaminated with petroleum. The endangered salmon creek that runs past it is being restored, too.

June 4th was the grand opening of Ellensburg’s new fire station. A crowd of more than 100 filled the fire house for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Forterra worked for years to make this messy project a success. We assisted in finding the site, negotiated and drafted all the purchase documents, and–because it was a brownfield site with petroleum contamination–wrote grants to get the soil cleaned up. As part of that cleanup, we’re restoring the endangered salmon stream that flows past the site, pictured in the slideshow below.

Modern upgrades at the new station will allow fire and EMS crews to respond more quickly and efficiently to emergencies. According to the Fire Commissioners, our work saved about 2-3% in total project costs on this nearly $7M project.

Forterra became deeply involved with this uncommon project because this fire station and the creek are on keystone land. Like the nearby Teanaway forest, it’s a place that makes the Ellensburg community more livable and sustainable.