GREENFIELD – Progress on the Temporary Fire Station on Hope Street is on track for occupancy in August. Mayor Roxann Wedegartner and Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan are pleased with the progress on Hope Street at the Temporary Fire Station.
In providing this update on the progress, Mayor Wedegartner stated, “We know that sometimes big projects can get delayed but I’m very happy to hear that currently the timeline of this construction project is continuing on schedule and that our Fire Department will begin their organized move into the new quarters in mid-to-late August. I especially want to thank DPW Director Marlo Warner and the DPW workers who helped prep the site with electrical, water and sewer hookups and continue to contribute significant work on the site. This helps us keep costs down. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community and impacted neighborhoods for their continued patience and support as we begin the large capital projects in the City this year.”
According to Chief Strahan, “We are working daily to ensure the best and safest possible scenario for our firefighters during this transition. I’m grateful the timeline for this move is on schedule and we look forward to beginning to get set up next month. ”
According to Neil Joyce, project manager from Construction Monitoring Services, Inc., the recent updates to the temporary Fire Station have included erection of the large white apparatus bays from Mahaffey Structures that will house the fire engines, rescue vehicles, and other essential fire-fighting equipment. The Apparatus Bays (1 & 2) have been erected and completion of overhead door installation, and installation of fans and heating components are done. Framing for interior rooms and partitions in the Apparatus Bays is also moving to completion. City electricians and plumbers in Central Maintenance under Manager, George Vandelinder, continue to install fire alarm devices, electrical panels, service connections, convenience receptacles and lighting.
Also on site are the Modular Offices from Vanguard Modular which will house Greenfield Fire Department administration and Chief Robert Strahan as well as provide living quarters for the fire fighters. All four modular office components have been delivered to the site. Initial setting and leveling on the modular structures is in progress to be followed by skirting on three sides to facilitate follow-on work under the modular including connection of utilities. After initial setting, the modulars will be structurally fastened together. Once mated, interior finishing will be completed at mating areas. Finishing includes installation of ceilings, drywall, painting, and flooring. City personnel such as electricians and IT will be granted access to begin their technology installation as soon as the units are safe and secured. A deck will be constructed between the two units once they are blocked, leveled and mated.
Other outside vendors will install fire suppression sprinklers in the larger apparatus bays and modular unit with bunk rooms. A vehicle exhaust capture system will be relocated from the existing station to the apparatus bays. This work will be coordinated during the first two weeks in August. Coordination with Eversource for new electrical services / permanent power is continuing. Work of the City’s electrical staff is in process, working toward having panels and power related equipment inspected and ready. Eversource has committed to an installation date within 2 weeks of the City’s electrical inspection approval of related equipment. Various equipment will be relocated from the existing fire station (emergency generator, SCBA Bottle filler, compressor, etc.). This work will be coordinated with Greenfield Fire Department as move-in and occupancy nears.
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