Construction of the Center Fire Station at 45 Farmers Row began in April, 2013.
The site will accommodate the Center Fire Station. The station will house administrative office for the fire department, EMS and Fire Operations and fire department equipment. The building will have two floors. It will incorporate operations work space, bunk and day-living space for personnel and training facilities, including a training staircase for ladder and smoke exercises. The facility will also incorporate 4 “double” bays with front and rear egress to enhance response time.
The construction site is a “hard hat” site. This means that the general public is not allowed into the construction area for safety reasons. Only authorized personnel, such as the general contractor, sub-contractors and inspectors, are allowed on the site. Authorized visitors must be escorted and wear a hard hat. The site has been fenced for this reason.
Erosion control has been installed to preserve the surrounding lands and retain soils and debris on the construction site[M1] . The site is watered frequently to minimize dust. Care is used to not disturb the surrounding environment and neighborhood.
Construction trailers have been installed on the site, providing offices and meeting space for construction personnel. These trailers house the amenities of a traditional office, including phones, fax, computers, internet connections and monitoring cameras. There is administrative work space to review oversized documents, such as building plans and specifications. One trailer is for the General Contractor, TLT, Inc. The second trailer is for the use of the Town’s Project Manager, Architectural Consulting Group.
The general process of construction follows that the foundation is dug and poured, the frame of the building erected and then weather-proofed with walls and roof. That work is expected to be completed by Fall, 2013. The remaining work is the internal systems, such as plumbing and heating, internal wall construction and finish work. Landscaping and pavement will be among the last of the work.
A noticeable feature at the front of the site is a bio-retention pond. This is part of an intricate system of stormwater, snow melt and other water runoff control. Site grading, swales and sub-surface drains all work together to control water.
It is expected that the construction will take approximately 13 months, and be completed by April-May, 2014. The Center Fire Station Building Committee monitors progress, approves payments and addresses appropriate issues. The Town Manager, assisted by the Town’s Project Manager, are involved on a daily basis, and meet formally with the general contractor on a weekly basis. Check the Town’s Public Meeting Calendar or send mail to email@example.com to ask questions of the Building Committee.
Monitor the progress of construction! New construction photos are posted in the Photos folder located on the right-hand side of the page.