CAR STAIRS – Construction of the new Carstairs Fire Hall is ahead of schedule and on budget, with a grand opening now possible in March, said Carl McDonnell, the city’s executive director.
Mountain View County and the Town of Carstairs are jointly funding the construction of the new $ 4 million building which is under construction just east of Highway 2A in the city.
Eagle Builders LP was awarded the contract on the basis of a tender for $ 4,088,627.
An agreement sets the county’s stake in the new hall at 47 percent and the town of Carstairs at 53 percent.
In an interview last week, McDonnell said the project is progressing well.
“They’re about three weeks ahead of schedule,” McDonnell said. “Everything is going very well and it is in the budget. There were no issues, issues or delays.
So far, there has been only a small addition to the project, he said.
“There has only been one change order so far,” he said. “It was the installation of a sink in one of the mechanical rooms. “
A possible delay in the project could involve the weather in the next few moments, he said.
“A challenge, because they’re ahead of schedule, could be the paving,” he said. “It will depend on the weather in March.”
When that happens, the move to the new fire station will allow firefighters’ personnel and equipment to remain on duty without disruption, he said.
“They will stay on duty all the time,” he said. “What we’re going to do is move the office equipment, table and chairs, etc., to the new room. Our operational staff will assist in this. The trucks will be moved when we are ready.
The existing hall will be reallocated for other municipal uses, he said.
“There is work that we want to do in the current hall when the trucks are out of the way,” he said. “We’re going to paint the bay area and other work there.”
Alberta Health Services will continue to be based in the current fire hall, he said.
“Their ambulance will stay there,” he said.
When asked if the new hall needed to receive government approval or certification before it was used, he replied, “No, just the usual commissioning of the hall with system testing and that sort of thing.” things. It should be pretty straightforward.
A grand opening of the new venue was tentatively scheduled to take place on April 30, but could now take place earlier, he said.
“We haven’t set a date yet, but we’re probably looking at a time period in March or early April,” he said.