December 25, 2010 in Washington Voices

Fire center draws 8 bids

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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The Spokane Valley Fire Department is considering eight bids to build a new administration building next to Station 8 at 2110 N. Wilbur Road.

The apparent lowest bidder is Meridian Construction at $3,736,000, said deputy chief Larry Rider. Meridian is the same company that built the new Station 9.

Fire commissioners are scheduled to vote on awarding the bid during their Jan. 10 meeting.

The bid came in $264,000 less than the amount the department budgeted, Rider said. “We’re happy with the price.”

The administration building will be two stories high and have a basement. It will include offices, a meeting room, an evidence room and a server room. “It’s all the things we’re lacking,” Rider said.

The construction package also includes a remodeling project at the department’s training tower at Sullivan and Marietta. “The ceiling in the burn room gave way,” Rider said. “We have not been able to use it since about August. We’re fixing the parts that failed and adding a bit on.”

No date has been set for the beginning of construction, but Rider said the department wants it done by April 1, 2012. The start date is up to the contractor and plenty of time has been included to account for winter weather delays. “They think they can do it in around nine months,” he said. “They may get done well early.”

The department has been outgrowing its current administration space inside Station 1 at University City and there’s not enough room for document storage. Once staff moves to the new building, the current administration offices will become storage space and a backup emergency center. The department will also be able to move the station’s workout equipment out of one of the truck bays.


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