Land is cleared Monday for the new $4.1 million, 22,500-square-foot Lafayette Township safety services/fire station at 6367 Technology Lane.
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LAFAYETTE TWP. — The construction manager for the new township safety services/fire station underway outlined changes in the building process for township trustees Monday.
“What we are doing, so everybody knows, the original schedule was to put up a pre-engineered building and then do the masonry after, but we are going to do the masonry walls first including the brick,” manager Bill McDonald said during the afternoon meeting.
McDonald said construction could be stalled if crews waited for the pre-engineered steel structure to be delivered from Kirby Steel in November rather than proceed with the exterior construction now.
Under the previous plan, crews would be “doing masonry in winter, which we can’t do,” he said.
Site superintendent Doug Elliot of Knoch Corp. said the North Canton-based construction company has built buildings using both techniques.
Elliot backed up McDonald’s statement about doing masonry work first for the 22,500-square-foot, pre-engineered building.
“If we wait for the building, all of our masonry is being done in the middle of winter, which I don’t think we figured any winter protection or anything like that for building that building,” he said.
Trustees awarded Knoch Corp. the bid to build the station at 6367 Technology Lane. While Knoch’s construction base bid was $3.98 million, the total contract with all accepted alternates is about $4.1 million.
The fire department is operating out of the 5,699-square-foot station No. 1 on state Route 162 that will be used by the township service department after construction of the new facility is complete. A second fire station on Heather Ridge Drive also is used by the department.
The new station is being funded with revenue from a 2.5-mill levy voters approved in November 2016 that will generate about $4 million over 15 years.
The project is expected to complete by next spring.