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Fire/EMS Station #5 - West Pearland

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Here is the latest update on the new fire station to be built next to the new water tower on Kirby Dr. next to the Pearland towncenter. I'll continue to report project updates in this thread. The project updates may come as file attachments, pulled from the monthly reports.

Fire/EMS Station #5 - Kirby Drive

Location:

Near Kirby Dr Water Tank

Estimated Completion Date

January 2011

Project Details

Construction of approximately 9,500 sq-ft. Station to house 9 personnel from Fire and EMS, including dorm space, kitchen and dining area, day room, offices and exercise room. Also included are 2 apparatus bays, gear storage, medical supplies storage, electrical room, work room, scba storage and hose storage.

Project Justification

Due to population growth, residential development and commercial development taking place in this area of the City, additional Fire and EMS services will be needed to meet federal and state guidelines.

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Here is a project report that was submitted on Dec. 4th, 2009.

Fire Station #5-Kirby Drive Design Architect: HBL Architects

Contractor: N/A CM: N/A

Progress this period:

  1. Attended monthly progress meeting.
  2. The Fire Department has applied for a Federal Grant that can only be awarded to construction projects that have not solicited bids; therefore until either the city is awarded the grant or are notified that it will not receive the grant, the project will not advertise.

Planned activities for the period ending December 31, 2009:

  1. Get updated information concerning the Federal Grant application.

Project Schedule and Significant Milestones:

  1. Construction to begin 1st Quarter of 2010.

Project Schedule:

  1. Design complete 3rd quarter 2009.
  2. Construction to begin 1st quarter 2010
  3. Project completion 1st quarter 2011

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Attached is a project progress report posted by the city as of Feb 1st, 2010. All of a sudden, they are applying for a federal grant. I suspect that will delay the completion of this project.

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I saw on the city's website that the bids for the construction of the station closed on April 8th, so perhaps they will announce the winning vendor sometime soon.

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Update today from the UltimatePearland website:

April 27, 2010 11:51 am

Robert Stanton wrote:Pearland City Council on Monday approved a $1.8 million construction contract to build the city’s fifth fire station at 3100 Kirby that will serve residents on the west side of the city.

The winning bid went to the Crain Group, a Pearland-based general contracting and construction management firm specializing in construction and management of office buildings, hospitals, banks, retail centers, and other projects.

“This (new fire station) will certainly improve response times to the areas near (Texas) 288,” City Manager Bill Eisen said. “Also the facility will have paid staffing, which in turn will be supplemented by the volunteer firefighters.”

The planned 9,900 square-foot facility, which also will house EMS personnel, will include a dormitory, kitchen, office, lockers, restrooms and other related support spaces, city officials said.

The new facility will be built across the street from Dillard’s department store at Pearland Town Center, and adjacent to the city’s new water tower.

On April 8, the city received 13 bids for the project. The Crain Group, the low bidder, was awarded the contract for their bid of $1,750,000, plus $55,000 to add a natural gas emergency generator. That brought the total bid to $1,805,000.

The bids from the other 12 contractors ranged in price from $1.86 million to $2.25 million, according to city records.

“After a thorough review, we think that the Crain Group has the best overall price and value for the city,” Susan Dieterich, of Hall Barnum Lucchesi Architects, stated in an April 16 letter to the city.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2011, city officials said.

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I went by the construction site yesterday and took the attached photos. With the steel framework up, you can get a good idea of it's shape and proximity to Kirby. Frankly, I thought it would be a little closer to Kirby. Perhaps they are anticipating a future project to widen this stretch of Kirby.

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I am attaching a photo of the finished fire station. If you live near it, you should contact your insurance agent and notify them of this station. Your homeowners premiums should go down.

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I am attaching a photo of the finished fire station. If you live near it, you should contact your insurance agent and notify them of this station. Your homeowners premiums should go down.

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really...will have to contact my insurance agent. I live right next to it. Thanks

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really...will have to contact my insurance agent. I live right next to it. Thanks

It may take awhile for you to get a reduction in your premium, but it's good to get the ball rolling with your agent now.

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