Site work completed for Madras fire station
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Preliminary site work has been done for the new Coweta County Fire Department Station 6, and Coweta County is seeking proposals from firms to construct the new station on U.S. 29 North near Madras, as well as for a maintenance shop at the CCFD headquarters on Turkey Creek Road.
The new Station 6 will be at 2101 U.S. 29 North, just north of The Heritage School. It will replace the existing Station 6 at U.S. 29 and Greentop Road.
“Using this same design allows us to move toward more consistency in the fire station buildings and helps us avoid additional design costs,” Palmer said. The initial design was done by Kip Oldham of K.A. Oldham design.
The design had to be reversed to fit the lay of the land, according to Palmer. “Kip did do minimal modifications, and will handle the bid phase and construction administration,” Palmer said.
The new station will be 9,666 square feet with a 400-square-foot storage building. It will have three bays, with accessory functions on each side. The bunks for firefighters will be on one side of the bays, with the break room and offices on the other side of the bays. The fire station will sit on a five-acre lot.
The current fire station is small and cannot accommodate the department’s platform “aerial” trucks — or separate sleeping quarters for male and female firefighters. There is no room for expansion or for an ambulance crew.
Once the new station is complete, a medic crew will be housed there.
The maintenance facility will be 9,386 square feet with four bays. It will be located right behind the rear parking lot at the headquarters, Station 1.
The CCFD currently uses the old Station 12, on Highway 154, as its maintenance facility.
But it is not big enough to accommodate the larger fire engines and there is no ability to raise the trucks in order to work underneath them.
Both facilities will be constructed as one project, with one contractor.
The deadline for proposals is July 5.
“If all goes well with the bids, a contractor could be selected and the contract let by the end of July,” Palmer said.
Construction is expected to take between six and nine months, depending on the contractor’s schedule and the weather.
The county had previously put the fire station project out to bid in the fall of 2011. The Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to reject all bids because they came in higher than the county’s forecast cost.
County crews handled all the site preparation and civil engineering on the project, Palmer said.