Roberto Rovira

  • Side Elevation
  • Side Elevation cutaway
  • Concept Sketch
  • Process models
  • Materials common to Joint Training Facility personnel
  • Leaf and steel culvert forms
Seattle JTF Lookout

Winner of a public art competition for Seattle’s Joint Training Facility–a center where Firefighters and Utility personnel conduct training–the JTF Lookout explores the concepts of balance, vulnerability and scale as these relate to the diverse branches of personnel who use the Joint Training Facility. Constructed from a 9 foot diameter steel casing that frames the sky, the exposed structure

shows the raw magnitude of a large infrastructural element that is normally out of sight but profoundly critical to the workings of a city, much like the workers who train in this facility and who step into unknown and dangerous situations on a daily basis. The steel casing is painted brightly on its interior and has a contrasting, naturally oxidized exterior.
Project Location: 9401 Myers Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

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Project Details:

Commissioned with Department of Finance and Administrative Services Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art Funds

Administered by the Office of Arts & Culture City of Seattle, Edward B. Murray, Mayor; Marcia Iwasaki, Project Manager

City of Seattle Joint Training Facility 9401 Myers Way S., Seattle, WA; Doug Coulbert, JTF Site Manager
Fabrication: T. Bailey, Anacortes, WA
Engineering: Sargent Engineers, Olympia, WA

Project Team:
Jennifer Bloch
Edgar Albandoz
José Álvarez
Brennan Baxley
Bruno Sanabria