TVF&R Logistics Service Center

Project Completed: October 2021

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) provides fire protection for a 390-square-mile service area that includes the cities of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Newberg, North Plains, Rivergrove, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, and unincorporated portions of Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. With 28 fire stations and staffed by more than 450 firefighters and paramedics, they are always ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.    

Recently, TVF&R contacted our team to conduct a feasibility study for a new Logistic Service Center location. The new center needed to meet facility standards that support post-earthquake response and recovery functions. After reviewing several sites in the area, TVF&R chose a location in Tualatin, Oregon, which was the perfect choice to serve their needs. The site included a 40,000-square-foot building that was renovated to include a multibay fleet maintenance mechanic shop, a large supply warehouse with loading docks, as well as staff workspaces, meeting rooms, common work and storage areas, break rooms, and a workout room. The 4.5-acre site was designed to incorporate a storage yard, vehicle wash facility, fleet staging area, several access drives, an expanded parking lot, and a large stormwater quality and detention facility. This state-of-the-art service center was built to meet essential facility standards, with seismic upgrades to withstand a major earthquake.  

The project was executed in collaboration with Merryman Barnes Architects, Inc. and Emerick Construction, and the result is a facility designed to operate for at least the next 30 years.


During the site selection phase, the civil engineering team had to consider utility constraints, easements, and access to public and private roads. Once the site was chosen, our engineers worked closely with the design/build team to create a fleet maintenance area, new loading docks and access lanes, a storage yard, a parking lot expansion, and stormwater facility.  


Our land surveying team generated accurate site data with topographic surveying, informing the site selection process and guiding the subsequent design phases. We facilitated informed decision-making and optimized the facility’s layout by capturing detailed information about existing features and terrain. 

Additionally, our surveying expertise was crucial in ensuring alignment with regulatory requirements and property boundaries. We established clear demarcations through precise measurements and boundary surveys, enabling the project team to navigate potential encumbrances effectively. Our comprehensive surveying efforts provided valuable data for design and planning and contributed to the overall efficiency and success of the TVF&R Logistics Service Center development.


Our land use planning team provided invaluable expertise to ensure the TVF&R Logistics Service Center was strategically located and compliant with local regulations. Through analysis and feasibility assessments of potential sites, we navigated complex zoning codes and land use regulations to analyze several locations for the facility. Our thorough understanding of essential facility standards enabled us to assess the compatibility of each site with the operational requirements of TVF&R. 

Moreover, we conducted a detailed code analysis to address the facility’s unique needs, considering access requirements, setback regulations, and environmental considerations. By collaborating closely with TVF&R and local authorities, we facilitated the approval process, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements while expediting project timelines. Our proactive approach to land use planning helped mitigate potential challenges and streamline the development process, ultimately contributing to the successful realization of the TVF&R Logistics Service Center.


Our landscape architects enhanced the TVF&R Logistics Service Center, focusing on preservation, sustainability, and aesthetics. We maintained a natural ambiance while integrating modern infrastructure by strategically preserving existing trees, including them harmoniously within the site layout. Additionally, our team designed a vegetated stormwater facility that manages runoff effectively and serves as a visually appealing feature, promoting ecological balance and water resource management. 

Furthermore, we beautified the parking lot and building foundations using a combination of ornamental plantings and created inviting spaces that complemented the architectural elements. Emphasizing water conservation, we selected drought-tolerant plant species, ensuring a resilient and sustainable landscape design. Through these efforts, our landscape architecture team contributed to creating a cohesive and environmentally conscious outdoor environment that enhances the functionality and visual appeal of the TVF&R Logistics Service Center.


The natural resource team was instrumental in helping TVF&R select an appropriate site with minimal natural resource constraints, such as wetlands, waters, and significant upland forest and riparian habitats. The natural resource team pulled background maps and provided affordable feasibility site visits to confirm the extent of any mapped resources.