Construction to Begin on New Fire Station

4/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held


Construction to Begin on New Fire Station
 
The Unified Government held a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick-off construction of a new $4.3 million Fire Station to be built in western Kansas City, Kansas.

Unified Government Mayor/CEO, David Alvey, Commissioner Melissa Bynum, Commissioner Mike Kane, KCK Fire Chief Michael Callahan and representatives from Archimages and Haren Contracting kicked off construction with the shoveling of dirt at the future site of the new fire station to be located at 2913 Hutton Road. 

“Our new Piper fire station will improve service to a part of our community that has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades.  I commend Commissioner Kane for leading the drive to appropriate funding for the station, and UG staff for all their work in implementing the plan,” said Unified Government Mayor/CEO, David Alvey. “We have many more needs to renovate or rebuild fire stations in our City, but this station is an important, and hopeful, first step.”

“Station #12 will be the first new Fire Station in KCK in 18 years,” says KCK Fire Chief, Michael Callahan. “It will provide much needed fire suppression and emergency medical care for the rapidly developing Piper neighborhood.”
 
Station 6, located at 9548 State Avenue, was the last fire station constructed in 2001. The new 10,834 square foot single story facility will house about (10) firefighters, two fire trucks and an ambulance. Personnel will also have access to decontamination gear lockers, EMS storage, kitchen, dining room, day room, fitness room and support spaces.

“Fire Station No. 12 is designed with a modern residential style to create a warm and friendly feel within the neighborhood and the future park,” says Shohreh Hershey, Architectural Designer with Archimages, Inc. “This effect is created through the choice of materials, texture, color, exterior lighting and landscape. The building design is meant to be appealing as well as welcoming to the community that it serves.”
 
Commissioner Kane says the Piper area is looking forward to their future neighbor.
 
“Unfortunately, it took longer than expected, but I’m really excited about the groundbreaking today,” says Unified Government Commissioner, Mike Kane. “I’m looking forward to its completion because it will really serve the 5th district well.
 
Unlike some of the older houses, Chief Callahan says the new station will have special amenities that will improve firefighter safety. According to studies conducted in 2016 by the Center of Disease Control, NIOSH, and the Department of Health and Human Services, firefighters have a greater number of cancer diagnosis and cancer related deaths than the public.

“Station 12 will be a state-of-the-art Fire Station, fully compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines. The station will also incorporate the most up-to-date cancer prevention technology available ire personnel,” says Callahan. “Additionally, this Fire Station will be an anchor in, and for, the Piper community.”
 
The new station will have a ventilation system, gear extractors, and Decon Room that will aid in reducing firefighter’s exposure to carcinogens.
 
“The design will be that basis of a prototype for future Kansas City, Kansas fire stations.  It is organized to separate the fire house living area from the apparatus and support spaces, yet is arranged for quick response and functionality, says Hershey. “The apparatus bays and support areas are designed for rapid response, efficiency, and safety.”

Haren Contracting is the lead general contractor for this construction project. Previous fire station experience includes Lenexa Fire Station #5 & Prairie Village Fire Station #23.

“We have been working behind the scenes for several months with the Unified Government, Archimages, and our trade partners to ensure this project is a success. Our team is excited to add Fire Station #12 to the community and provide the residents of Piper with more localized fire safety and emergency services,” says Charles Haren.
The project is being funded with obligation debt.