City reviews plans for new fire station

City reviews plans for new fire station by David Lias Construction costs of a new fire station for the Vermillion Fire Department would run about $87 per square foot, according to preliminary estimates by Bob Lee, an architect with RML Architects of Sioux City, IA.

Lee presented a review of plans for the new structure that have been developed by his architectural firm. The total estimated cost of the 13,400 square foot structure is $1,167,970.

It is proposed that the L-shaped building be built on Dakota Street. Fire trucks would be housed in five bays toward the building�s south side. Four ambulance bays are planned to be constructed toward the north side. The ambulance service will use three of the bays; the grass fire truck will be housed in the fourth bay.

All of the bays would open to the east, Lee said. The architect firm�s plans call for constructing a masonry building, with concrete block as the primary building material for the exterior walls.

The building�s interior design includes restrooms, showers, offices and storage space, a meeting room, a training room, a fitness room, a communication room, work areas and a laundry.

Two bedrooms are also included in the building�s design. �Those two small bedrooms are intended to be used by ambulance personnel who might need to stay overnight in case of bad weather,� Lee said.

The cost of the building alone is just over $1 million. An additional $108,000 is needed to construct two parking lots, exterior paving for the apron in front of the building, and sidewalks. The structure�s total price doesn�t include an emergency generator.

Alderman Richard Burbach requested that, for comparison purposes, Lee provide information on the cost of constructing a metal building of similar size.

�I can look at a building of 13,000 or 14,000 square feet with some degree of finish and try to give you a ballpark figure,� Lee said.

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