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Can the COLORS of a Station Affect Mental and Physical Well-Being?

Part one of this series emphasized the need to consider the physical and mental well-being of the first responder when designing the fire station. One aspect of design that is lacking or misunderstoo... Read More...

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Don’t Get Lost in the Smoke: Navigating the Maze of Designing Your New Fire Station

While certainly exciting, the idea of starting a new construction project, and particularly one as complicated as a public safety facility, can often cause as much anxiety and tension as losing your ... Read More...

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Working with a Design-Build Firm on Your First Project

There are a few modern ways to perform the art of building your new fire station.  Currently, the one that has made major waves within the industry is working with a Design-Build firm on a [email protected] Risk p... Read More...

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Planning for the Unplanned: The Construction Contingency Allowance

A contingency is a future event or circumstance which is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty. That definition provides apt expectation regarding the Construction Contingency Allowance (CC... Read More...

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Can the COLORS of a Stationhouse Affect Mental and Physical Well-Being?

(This is part one of a two-part series.) Physical health and safety have recently come to the forefront of fire station design, but very little design consideration is given to mental well-bei... Read More...

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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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