Ontario Construction News staff writer
Niagara Falls’ seventh fire station is about to open, with construction completed a few months ahead of schedule and on budget.
The 1,250-sq. m. facility is on a 1.52-hectare property on Lundy’s Lane, just west of Kalar Road that the city purchased for $1.5 million for in 2014.
Officials began developing a new fire station plan more than 10 years ago in response to expected growth — both residential and commercial — in the area.
The station will reduce response time issues in the newer neighbourhoods.
The project was approved by city council in October, with a $4.9-million contract awarded to Bromac Construction Inc., a local general contractor. The architect, Whiteline Architects and most sub-trades on the project were also from Niagara.
According to a staff report, Bromac Construction Inc. was selected based on a bid of $4,880,000 and their experience in completing other major construction projects for Niagara Falls, Grimsby and Niagara on the Lake, including four fire Stations. The total cost of the project is $7,248,365.
Construction began in early 2020 and was expected to be completed by May 2021.
While there were a few short delays with shipments due to COVID-19, the global pandemic did not significantly impact construction as the build has been deemed essential.
The state-of-the-art facility will house the city’s emergency operation centre.