Inclement weather pushes back opening of station to May, officials say
In January, contractors were optimistic that the new Dundee fire station would be competed the first week of March. But weather delays continued to pile up and the new completion date has been set for May 16.
Were still continuing to run behind schedule, said Fire Chief John Stock. Due to additional weather delays and some material delays earlier in the project, its just finally caught up with us.
The plan was to get the roof on and then start double shifts to finish the interior quickly. But the delays meant the roof framing has just been finished and Stock said the roof materials were being applied this week.
We need to get the building what they call dried in, then a lot of different professionals (can work) inside, he said.
When completed, the station will be 17,500 square feet and has a budget of $3.68 million. The building will include four apparatus bays, equipment, decontamination facilities, dormitory rooms, additional storage, administrative areas and training facilities.
Luckily, Stock said, theres not a rush for the station as the department opted to continue working out of the old facility until the new one was completed.
Thats one of the reasons we opted to stay working in the old fire station while that was built, Stock said. Were all very thankful. We could be working out of tents and trailers.
He added that officials want a quality project, so they dont want to rush it. Once the building is completed, then it will take between six and eight weeks to demolish the old building, construct the new parking lot and landscape the area. With 54 percent of the station completed, Stock said they are on track, for now.