Fire Station 21 Additional Information Packet
Respect and Honor Fire Services
The artwork should respect and honor fire services. Both a recently renovated Kirkland fire station (Fire Station 25) and a recently completed new fire station (Fire Station 24), include/will include Station number signage and public art that features the Maltese Cross, the international symbol of firefighting and a symbol of protection. There is a strong desire to maintain that similarity between all the artwork for the fire department. However, whether or not it is ultimately decided to keep this theme, the artwork should represent fire services, aid the station in being recognized by the public as a fire station, and provide a sense of community and welcoming to all.
People in Fire Services have saved lives, repaired lives, provided protection and safety for those in need, whether it be rescue, medical aid, or fire control.
We have an opportunity to elevate the public awareness, through art, about the important role fire departments play in the community, beyond their role in responding to emergencies.
City of Kirkland
The City of Kirkland is located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. It is a suburban city, surrounded by other suburban cities and pockets of unincorporated King County. The City is near several major transportation routes including Interstate 405, State Route 520, and Interstate 5. These routes connect the City economically and socially to the greater Seattle area.
At the time of incorporation in 1905, the City of Kirkland’s population was approximately 530. The current estimated population is 88,940. Kirkland is the thirteenth largest city in the State of Washington and the sixth largest in King County.
Since its incorporation, Kirkland has grown in geographic size to eighteen square miles - approximately twenty times its original size. This growth occurred primarily through the consolidation of the cities of Houghton and Kirkland in 1968, the annexations of Rose Hill and Juanita in 1988 and the annexation of North Juanita, Finn Hill, and Kingsgate areas in 2011.
Kirkland operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is the policy making branch of Kirkland’s government and consists of seven members elected at large to staggered, four-year terms. The Mayor is elected from within the Council. The City Council is supported by several advisory boards and commissions and the City Manager. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the professional administrator of the organization, coordinating its day-to-day activities.
City of Kirkland Demographics
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kirkland was:
- White: 75.70%, Asian: 14.43%, Two or more races: 5.66%, Other race: 2.50%, Black or African American: 1.36%, Native American: 0.26%, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.08%,
- Kirkland is currently growing at a rate of 3.23% annually and its population has increased by 103.36% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 48,787 in 2010. Spanning over 22 miles, Kirkland has a population density of 5,571 people per square mile.
- The average household income in Kirkland is $153,012 with a poverty rate of 6.11%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,861 per month, and the median house value is $662,300. The median age in Kirkland is 37.4 years, 36.8 years for males, and 38.3 years for females.
The Kirkland City Council has taken action to ensure that the City is safe and welcoming for residents and visitors. With this project, the City seeks public art that addresses those aspirations and reflects the City’s diversity, including racial and ethnic diversity, diversity of sexual identity and orientation, gender diversity, and diversity of age and ability. This Commission project has been funded by the city council to further these goals.
SAFE, INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING CITY
The artwork should invigorate, inspire and energize the Kirkland community, communicate Kirkland as a safe, inclusive and welcoming place, celebrate diversity and honor social and racial justice qualities that are in accordance with Kirkland Resolution 5240 (2017) which affirms that Kirkland is a safe, inclusive and welcoming community, and/or Resolution 5434 (2020) which affirms that Black lives matter.
The City of Kirkland Art Policy
1% for Art is assessed on qualified capital improvement projects (CIP) that are undertaken by the City of Kirkland. The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) together with City staff curates and advises the City Council on public art acquisitions and loans, and it reviews and recommends projects under the City's "1% for Art" program.
Each of the four fire station projects is assigned an art budget commensurate with 1% of the total project budget.
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is responsible for helping the City Council implement the Public Art Vision in Kirkland. The KCAC is a volunteer advisory board that works to help arts, culture and heritage grow and thrive in the City of Kirkland. Along with supporting art and cultural initiatives, the KCAC promotes strategic arts planning and advises the City Council on art acquisition in Kirkland. A copy of the KCAC Public Art Guidelines is available here: https://www.kirklandwa.gov/files/sharedassets/public/boards-and-commissions/kcac/kirkland-public-art-policy-guidelines-revision-2020-v4-with-highlights.pdf
Public Art Vision Kirkland maintains a diverse public art collection that invites interaction, fosters civic identity and community pride, inspires a sense of discovery, stimulates cultural awareness, and encourages economic development.
- Curate a diverse public art collection representing various cultural and ethnic communities and perspectives
- Facilitate exposure to public art
- Encourage community dialogue through public art
- Use public art to reflect the characteristics of the greater Kirkland community
- Determine that the art is appropriate for its location
- Regularly re-evaluate the Commission’s policies, practices, and programs to ensure there are no structural barriers to artists from historically marginalized communities
Kirkland Fire Department The Kirkland Fire Department provides a wide range of critical fire and life safety services to Kirkland’s 93,000 residents
Washington became a state in 1889. That same year the Great Seattle Fire destroyed much of the heart of that city and the people of Kirkland watched as smoke rose across Lake Washington for days. One year later, in 1890, the Kirkland Fire Department was formed.
Since those austere beginnings, the department has added Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management and Water Rescue to our list of services. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) now constitute nearly 75% of our calls for service. The Fire Department is truly an “all hazards” response team.
The dedicated men and women of the Kirkland Fire Department are committed to providing the best services possible, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Kirkland Fire Department employs approximately 115 employees who are involved in a diverse range of activities. The department provides 24-hour coverage for fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials and emergency medical responses. The department also provides fire prevention and education, fire investigations, inspections, code compliance and disaster preparedness services to the population. The City of Kirkland has six fire stations
Station 21-Forbes Creek (expansion and remodel)
9816 Forbes Creek Drive
Station 22-Houghton (expansion and remodel)
6602 108th Ave NE
12033 76th Place NE
Station 26-North Rose Hill (expansion and remodel)
9930 124th Ave NE
Station 27-Totem Lake (new station forthcoming)
11210 NE 132nd St.
Station 24 – New station is open!
NE 132nd St. and 100th Ave NE