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The Budgeting Process for Fire Station Construction

Have you ever wondered how a construction company takes a fire department’s ideas and creates a budget for the construction of a new facility? Reliable budgets draw on proven industry standards, a we... Read More...

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His Experience, Your Gain

Recently, I had a conversation with a fire department chief who had, within the last three years, built a new fire department as their Base 1. They had been in their previous station for nearly 45 ye... Read More...

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Pandemic Impacts on Station Design Will COVID 19 Have a Lasting Influence on Rescue Stations

Over the past five decades that our design firm has been involved in the planning and design of public safety facilities, there have been relatively few “watershed” events or industry changes that ha... Read More...

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Disruptions in the Construction Chain

March 2020 will always be remembered as a very disturbing time in our history. With many senses of uncertainty, coming to grips with the right amount of protection, along with the right amount of rou... Read More...

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What a Pre-Engineered Building Can Mean for Your Station

Speed of construction, cost-savings, long-term durability and ample space to house and maneuver large equipment – these are just a few of the advantages that a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) ca... Read More...

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Taking Advantage of Good Prices in a Bad Economy Protecting Your Department as You Take Advantage of Lower Construction Costs

As I write this article, the world is deep into the COVID19, Corona Virus event. The loss of life and health has been tragic.  Read More...

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Construction Pricing and What You Can Expect Through 2019

Every couple of years, I look back with amazement at where the constructions costs of fire/rescue facilities have been, and where they are going.  I realize that I’m getting old, but I’m reminded jus... Read More...

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Making Informed Decisions

(Note: This draft is part two of a survey of the Northland FPD commissioned by the chief but is also intended for the voting public the District serves. The agency will be asking for a District wide... Read More...

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Design Elements that Stay Within Budget

As a Design-Build General Contracting firm, we have three main goals when we enter negotiations with an owner: Design a station that will last 50 years for the current and upcoming generatio... Read More...

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My New Fire Station

One of the first steps to take in the construction of a fire station facility is to establish your budget. The cost of building a new station can vary depending on many factors, including the type of... Read More...

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New Firehouse Under Construction

I was recently visiting one of my sisters on the East Coast. She lives in one of the hurricane states. She took me out to breakfast one morning and lo and behold across the street is a firehouse unde... Read More...

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Construction Phase Advice for the Newbie as Well as the Experienced

The construction phase of a new facility, or the renovation of an existing facility is an exciting time. By the time your project has reached the point of starting construction, much has already been... Read More...

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2019 Build Projects What You Need to Know to Be Prepared

Just as 2018 has come and gone with a flash, new projects have also started and been completed. Some projects are still underway with a 2019 completion date but for most emergency service departments... Read More...

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Hurricane Florence Destroyed My Station

If you are like many of the fire departments throughout the Carolinas, Hurricane Florence may have caused damage to your station. For most, it was minor damage, but some stations were completely dest... Read More...

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Winterproof Your Fire Station

Many of you will read the title of this article and laugh at the thought of winter in the Carolinas – especially when it’s the middle of fall and still 85 degrees outside! However, the Carolinas are ... Read More...

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