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Construction on new fire hall underway in Clarenville

The new fire hall being built in Clarenville.
The new fire hall being built in Clarenville. - Jonathan Parsons

Contractors hope to have the building ready to occupy by March 2020

CLARENVILLE, N.L. —

The concrete has been poured and the walls will soon be ready to go up as construction of the new Clarenville fire hall is underway off O’Mahony Drive.
Initial work on the building continued, even though there was a delay submitting the final drawings to council for approval, said Clarenville’s chief administrative officer David Harris.
The tender for its construction was awarded last spring to Goobie Rentals and Contracting Ltd. which bid $2,369,500, not including HST.
The tender process itself was a unique.
There were originally two options for contractors to choose from: A bid including the price for a complete design and build for the hall, or what the building would cost for design and build with an annual lease agreement with the town.
Goobie Rentals was the lowest bid for a complete design and build for the town.
The fire hall itself includes:
• three bay, six truck storage, including room for a new ladder truck for the department;
• an upgraded square footage over the existing fire hall in the same building as the town hall;
• an unfinished lounge;
• storage area on second floor.
Harris said the contractor aims to have the building complete and ready to occupy by end of March 2020.
At that point, a simple move to the new facility from the existing hall will be required.
“Once the building is finished and commissioned we’ll just have to move the trucks and equipment from (the current hall),” said Harris.
He adds council is currently dealing with a request for proposals for additional renovations to the existing town hall once the fire department vacates the building for the new premises.
He estimated the work will cost between $100,000 and $150,000 for the engineering work to be done to ready it for tender.
He said the renovations will deal with any space issues, freed up by taking in fire hall space, as well as airflow problems. The current building doesn’t have an HVAC.
“There’s a bunch of occupational health and safety issues that have to addressed from an engineering perspective.”

Jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca
Twitter: @jejparsons
 

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