COPPERAS COVE — The city submitted a request Thursday for a construction manager for the proposed fire station at the corner of Grimes Crossing and Farm-to-Market 1113.
“We are hoping to get started on construction in the September time frame,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said.
Wiginton, Hooker Jeffry Architects recently completed the building’s site plan and will work with a contracted construction manager hired by the city, Gardner said.
It will be two weeks before the city receives proposals for the manager and then there will be some time allotted to the city’s committee of firefighters to rate those proposals, she said. The committee’s recommendation will be presented to Gardner and the Copperas Cove City Council before a construction manager is selected.
A construction manager would work with the architect and the building contractors to make sure the city’s specifications are met. The manager would become almost completely responsible for the project, Gardner said.
Residents approved construction of the facility in November with a $4.7 million bond package, which also included new firefighting vehicles.
According to the most updated floor and site plan, the building will be 11,200 square feet. It will feature two bays at 3,218 square feet for firefighting apparatuses and ambulances, plus living quarters, a police office, a visitation and study area, a fitness room and a lobby.
Two additional bays are denoted on the site plan that may be built in the future, Gardner said.
The site plan includes three driveways for the facility — two on FM 1113 and one on Grimes Crossing, to allow for easier access to both roads, Gardner said.
The new building will replace the fire station at City Park on Avenue B. That facility which was built in 1977, houses one fire engine, a brush truck, an ambulance and a reserve engine. It is roughly 3,400 square feet.
“The thing that we have out there now for them has just outlived its life,” Mayor John Hull said of the old facility. “It is not big enough for the size of the trucks we have now, and it is crowded.”
Gardner said residents also may see bids on the fire trucks in 30 days.
The city originally proposed the purchase of a new ladder truck at $1.2 million and a $200,000 brush truck in the bond package. However, it may be able to purchase two brush trucks and one ladder truck for a $1.4 million price tag, Gardner said.
Even though the purchase may be a month away, the city won’t receive the vehicles until after the station is built, she said.