Washington State Patrol Department of General Administration


The Washington State Patrol manages a Fire Training Academy for the purpose of training firefighters from all over the Northwest. One of the many training facilities at the site, the Burn Building is a three-story reinforced concrete warehouse connected to a six-story reinforced concrete fire tower. Since its construction in 1982, the building has been used extensively for live interior firefighting training, and exhibited many signs of distress that impaired its functionality as well as its life safety.


After reviewing existing documents, WJE architects performed a close-up inspection of the facility, including thermal instrumentation monitoring and petrographic, chemical, and ultrasonic testing. Based on the findings of the inspection, laboratory testing, and structural analysis, WJE completed structural concrete repairs as well as selective slab and beam repairs. The architects redesigned and replaced most of the refractory lining to provide enhanced fire resistance and created an integrated metal roof and waterproofing coating designed to inhibit water entry from the roof deck into the structure. Finally, WJE produced a routine maintenance plan to greatly increase the life expectancy of the Burn Building.