February 12 2018

Bid Accepted for Fire Station 2 Project

By: Rich Hosford

The town has accepted a winning bid for the Fire Station 2 project and will award the company with it on Tuesday.


During Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting Town Administrator John Petrin informed the board that the town had received bids from construction companies and had chosen on for the project. That company is Castagna Construction, founded in 1986 and located in Newburyport, which came in below the town’s allotted budget for the project.


Petrin said that Town Meeting had approved roughly $8.5 million and the bid was $6,854,900.


Castagna has previously developed fire stations in Arlington, Westford and Rowley among many other municipal projects in New England.


A separate bid was awarded for the demolition of the existing fire station and Petrin said the knockdown should happen soon. Water and power has been cut and some dangerous materials, including asbestos, has been removed. Petrin said now the company is just waiting for a demolition permit at this point and that should happen within the next week or two.


Once the building is demolition the site will be handed over to Castagna, which will then have 14 months to complete the project to meet the requirements of the bid contract. The town can impose penalties if the project goes beyond the deadline.


The new station will have three bays with room to house up to five or six apparatus, depending on the size. Perhaps most importantly it will be big enough to hold the department’s tower vehicle, which is needed much more on that side of town than the more residential area of the Fire Department’s headquarters where it is currently kept. The station will also be able to house up to eight firefighters rather than the three the current building was designed for.


During the May, 2016 meeting, Fire Chief Steve Yetman said this is a critical project for his department. The growth on that side of Burlington has far outpaced the capabilities of the station built in 1971. For one thing, he said that along with the tower the new station would have room for a dedicated ambulance, another piece of equipment needed at that location.


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