PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The City of Prince George unveiled the concept designs for Fire Hall #1 today at an event on the site of its future location just off Massey Drive. Mayor Lyn Hall and members of Council also revealed plans for a new access to the YMCA of Northern BC YMCA and announced that IDL Projects Ltd. will be the construction manager for the new Fire Hall.
The replacement of Fire Hall #1 follows a referendum in October 2017, during which residents voted nearly 83% in favour of re-building Fire Hall #1, which is more than 60 years old. The new fire hall will be approximately 50% larger than the current facility and have the capacity to house a functional and well-designed Emergency Operations Centre and Fire Operations Communications Centre. The new location is much more central and will increase by 50% the area firefighters will be able to reach within an 8-minute response time.
“Compared to the current fire hall which is cramped and inefficient, the new building will feature five, large truck bays and wood in key areas,” says Stuart Rothnie, architect with HCMA Architects and Planning. “Together with the Fire Department and staff from the City and Regional District, we’ve developed a facility that will be cost-effective but still prominent and a source of pride for the community.”
Construction will also result in a new access for the YMCA of Northern BC, which will be off Massey across from Masich Place Stadium and via Del Laverdure Way.
In 2018, the City appointed HCMA Architects and Planning of Vancouver and an engineering design team led by L&M Engineering of Prince George to design the replacement Fire Hall #1 at the new location in Carrie Jane Gray Park. Construction of the new fire hall is expected to cost $15 million.
Written and released by City of Prince George.
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