The construction on Olde Towne Road Fire Station is underway and completion is expected in April 2015. North Carolina-based A.R. Chesson Construction Company Inc. had won the $3.28 million construction bid on the replacement Fire Station 4 on Olde Towne Road in James City County in late October, and began construction in November last year.
The new building is expected to be about 14,000 square feet, which will be of triple the size of the existing station. The building will include living, study and office space for 12 people. The total project cost is about $4 million, inclusive of design and land acquisition.
To complete the first phase of the construction, the Stormwater work, which comprised of the retrofit of a runoff holding area that will be used to treat storm water from the new fire station, in the Westmoreland subdivision across the street from the station was finished in December, 2013. This year January, work began on the site that will house the new fire station.
The county met with an unexpected delay in the project, discovered before the fiscal year 2014 budget cycle, which needed the Dominion Virginia Power to re-route an overhead power line which would be obstructed by the new station. Daniel Plyler the Project Manager, A.R. Chesson, informed that the power work is underway and that line is being moved and built underground.
To carry traffic and emergency service vehicles to the new fire station, there will be three driveways. Two of the driveways have been cut in and will be smoothened as a final piece of the project. The third one will be reconfigured from the present driveway toward the end of construction.
Foundation work is under process and after completion; A.R. Chesson will put up the building’s brick walls and roof. The final stages will include putting in electricity and plumbing, then painting, flooring, and other interior work.
The final phase of the project includes pulling down the existing fire station after all the equipment has been transferred to the new building. The old station will remain fully operational and uninhibited during construction.