Central Fire Station’s $6.3 million renovation will begin this summer.
The current building, built in 2001 as a working firehouse and administrative offices, will be expanded and create a new fire house for first responders. The renovation will also overhaul the administrative areas and repair issues that led to water leaks.
Voters approved the use of bond funding to renovate Central Fire, located at 310 Century Parkway, during the May 2016 municipal bond election. The expanded administrative space allows Allen Fire Department to make better use of the existing building and continue to meet the demands of a growing community.
City of Allen staff worked closely with construction companies to find potential cost savings and attain best value, without sacrificing functionality or design. Negotiations and minor substitutions (for instance, choosing millwork instead of prefabricated lockers) saved $975,000 in total costs.
With a phased approach to construction, the firehouse function and bays will continue operating throughout the reconstruction. Administrative staff will be housed in temporary on-site facilities until work is complete.
Allen City Council awarded the bid to Crossland Construction during the May 14 meeting. Work is expected to begin by the end of the month with an estimated completion in Summer of 2020.