Allen Central Fire Station

The Allen City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $6.3 million contract to Crossland Construction for renovations to the Central Fire Station across from City Hall on Century Parkway.

The station, which opened in 2002, was identified in the 2016 bond election as a facility that needed attention due to space concerns and water leaks to the southern part of the building.

Director of Engineering Chris Flanigan said the project will be split into two phases. Phase I will expand the training center on the north side of the building to transform it into the new firehouse, which is currently on the south end.

Once Phase I is complete, fire crews will be relocated to their new home, and work will begin on Phase II in the southern end to tackle the water penetration issues. Flanigan said the space will be gutted and turned into the new training center, administration and additional office space.

Staff initially received two sealed proposals for the project and met with developers to request revised proposals with cost savings and value engineering (VE) options.

Both proposers returned with lower bids, but Crossland Construction not only lowered their cost but also reduced the timeline and presented creative value engineering options.

“The city is not compromising on quality or appearance, but we’re making material substitutions,” Flanigan said.

Some examples of VE options include millwork in lieu of prefabricated lockers, ceiling panels, light fixture panels and others. Many changes, like removing stone benches and raised planters, are items that can be added later.

The final bid for the project is $6 million with a 4 percent contingency. Funding will utilize general obligation bonds only, and the total budget for the project is $7.6 million.

Flanigan said the station will be fully operational during construction.

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