Crews have been busy working at the construction site of the new Fire Station 2 on the west side of Seymour.
Ted Brown with Fishers-based building corporation BW Development attended Thursday’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at city hall to give an update on the progress of the facility. Brown serves as the project manager for the construction project.
“We mobilized the site a couple of weeks ago, and we’re out there moving now and have the building pad cut to grade,” Brown said. “We starting pouring the first sequence of foundation Wednesday, and about 40% of the foundation is complete.”
Brown said the plan was to pour about 20% more Thursday afternoon.
“Our hopes are to finish the foundation by the end of the week with the intent to start laying block for the walls at the beginning of next week,” he said. “Moving forward, pending any material delays, we’re looking at finishing somewhere around March.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held Nov. 9. The ceremony celebrated the beginning of construction for the $5.75 million station on a 4-acre site at 1019 W. Second St.
Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas said the old Fire Station 2 is going to be assessed by the city to see if the Department of Public Works can use it. If not, it will be put on the market and sold.
“With the creation of the new fire station, we’ll be building an office for a new assistant chief position, which we hope to hire sometime in the next few years,” Lucas said. “If the city city keeps growing, we’ll need to add more firefighters, and there will certainly be room for that in the new building.”
He said in the new facility, there will be an administrative wing on the right side and crew quarters on the left side.
“Right now, we just work out of one office, so we don’t have a place for our inspectors to work, a place for our training officer or a place for an assistant chief,” Lucas said. “We will have space for all of that with the new fire station, and there will be a training room on the back, which we didn’t have before.”
He said soon, personnel will have a lot more room to spread out and do what they need to be doing.
“I’m super excited about this, and it has been five years of pretty hard work, and this last year, there has been a bunch of work trying to get the design plans ready,” he said. “It’s like a legacy, and the city needs it, as it will help the residents and businesses on the west side of town and they can have better protection out there.”