By Tonya Little
Del City leaders approved plans to build a new fire station during Monday’s meeting.
The construction bid was compiled by CMS Willowbrook, Inc. with a base bid of $5,025,780.18, which also included review for consideration of four different alternate building components. These included the base bid, a multi layered roof instead of a single layer roof, adding a half inch of insulation, and choosing between brick or a combination of brick and limestone on the training tower.
The council approved the bid with the multi layered roof and the combination of brick and rock with a total price of $5,034,915.06. Having the combination of brick and rock will match the exterior of the new Police Station.
“We’re looking for a new fire station one to compliment and resemble the structure and exterior of our new police station which will be on the immediate east. I want to see a combination of the rock and brick similar to the police station. I don’t want a cheap roof, I also don’t want to replace the roof in five years,” said Mayor Brian Linley about why they chose the different building components.
Fire Chief Jim Hock was on hand to tell the council more about the fire station and what it would include.
“It’s about a 17,000 square foot building, four bays, drive through front and back, eight foot deep. Two of the ladder trucks will fit back to back stacked up, just to give us more room that way,” said Hock.
The new building will have plenty of room for the entire staff to be in one building as opposed to two at the current time. They will have plenty of space and storage as well as a four story training tower. The new fire station will also have front public bathrooms which they don’t currently have now, and all the bathrooms as well as the entire building have been ADA designed and approved. They will have a generator included that is big enough to run the entire building without any interruption in case of a power outage. The representative from CMS Willowbrook said with the approval at the meeting they could get contracts out by the end of the week, and hopefully within the next 4-6 weeks they could break ground and begin construction. Their projection is 14 months for the construction to be complete. The project was made possible by a 1 ½ penny sales tax for capital improvement projects.
“We’ve been working on it a long time. If I could I would just like to thank you gentleman, the city manager, the citizens for the 1 ½ cent sales tax increase, thanks very much,” said Hock.
The new fire station will be located near the intersection of SE 28th Street and Epperly Drive.