Fire station construction on a limited budget


CarolinaFireJournal - Joe Starnes and Perry Davis (not pictured)
Joe Starnes and Perry Davis (not pictured)
10/05/2012 -

During trying economic times many builders are willing to work with organizations to accomplish construction due to the downturn that occurred in building over the last several years. Building costs are down, comparatively speaking in relation to prior years, and contractors have cut costs in an effort to continue to keep their employees working and their business afloat.

The Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department began a construction project in September 2011 with very limited funds and basically no construction budget.

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The finished product.

D.R. Reynolds Company was selected as the design build contractor after numerous planning meetings to discuss the needs of the department.

Our original building was constructed in 1968 and had become inadequate. The first idea was to renovate the existing structure with some addition. After investigation it was determined the current structure would not allow for the renovations needed to take place, therefore the end result was to demolish a portion of our building to make way for the new construction that would allow adequate meeting space as well as office space that did not exist before.

During the planning of this construction we struggled with ways to raise funds to purchase furniture, A/V equipment, etc. One of the ideas was to recycle anything we could out of the old building, essentially we would “scrap” the metal, wiring and any item we could from the building before demolition.

In addition to our “scrapping” we would sell anything we possibly could on the Gov Deals Auction website. We placed the HVAC system on gov deals, and as luck would have it, we were able to sell it to a church in North Carolina who was in desperate need.

The pastor of the church himself came to remove ductwork from the attic of the old building and was pleased to be able to obtain this much-needed equipment for his church. The church was building with limited funding and criminals stole their A/C unit.

The bay doors were also removed and sold to a gentleman who was creating a fire museum on his own property.

The membership of the department meanwhile joined in removing wiring, metal conduits, light fixtures, and metal from the roof in an effort to recycle as much material as possible to assist in the purchase of items to complete the building.

During construction our contractor was very supportive of our efforts to recycle materials to gain extra funds and on a daily basis would place any recyclable items into a pile for us to pick up as we did weekly.

Upon completion of our building I am proud to say that due to the efforts of our membership we now have an addition that encompasses 7,000 plus square feet that contains state of the art computer systems and audiovisual equipment as well as a furnished day room. This is the result of the efforts of our membership to recycle any materials possible before and during construction.

What Does $900,000 Get You?

The new addition replaced three bays and added one additional apparatus bays. The new bays are “X” tall bays with air lines and charging stations. The new bays are connected to the new space.

The station has:

  • Three offices for officers with new desks and chairs
  • One conference room with new conference furniture
  • One large storage room, two sleeping rooms, utility room with ice maker, washer/dryer, freezer
  • A large kitchen with double sink, prep sink, custom cabinets, double ovens, two ranges, large commercial refrigerator, rolling food prep island
  • A firefighter squad/day room with new furniture,
  • Two large restrooms
  • A meeting/training room that accommodates 70 personnel
  • New media stations/computers for the officers and training room, wireless internet, and new telephones were installed
  • A state of the art audio system was installed for the training room and an all station broadcast Boise speaker system.
  • The main entrance has custom cabinets — made by the chief and his father — to hold the station’s history and memories with a custom logo tiled floor
  • Custom art, photographs and patch displays dress the station in all areas.
  • An additional marked parking area was added in the rear of the station with new pavement for all the ramp and parking areas
  • A new flag pole and barn style lighting was added on the front with new Oak Grove VFD lettering

All of these features were completed at a cost of a little over $900,000. Due to the leadership of Chief Perry Davis and the tremendous dedication of the membership of Oak Grove VFD the community now has a 7000 square feet fire station at a unheard of cost of approximately $130 per square foot.

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