Fire Station 203 Replacement Project

This is a news release from the Alexandria Fire Department, published verbatim.

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Project Description

This project funds the demolition and replacement of Fire Station 203, located in the Beverly Hills area of the City of Alexandria. This facility was built in 1948 and is no longer adequate to support modern fire and EMS apparatus, equipment, and operations. The new fire station will be a 15,000 square feet, two-story structure with two and a half operational bays to house an engine, a medic, administrative units, and all required personnel; as well as having the capacity for special service units. 

Project Background

The project DSUP was approved on March 18, 2017 and design has continued to 100%. Concurrently, the Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) for Fire Station 203 recommended Dustin Construction for the CMR contract on 12/14/2017. Dustin’s cost proposal is a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) with an all-inclusive fixed amount for the temporary station, demolition, and new construction of the permanent fire station. Actual costs are also known for items such as A/E Fees and Project Management Support.

Construction is set to begin in Spring 2019 and is phased as follows:

  • Temporary Fire Station Construction and Occupancy – Spring 2019
  • Current Fire Station 203 Demolition – Summer 2019
  • Construction of new Fire Station 203 and Occupancy – Late Spring 2020
  • Temporary Fire Station Demolition – Summer 2020
  • Final Site Work/Parking – Late Summer 2020

Construction Impacts

The Fire Station 203 project consists of erecting a temporary facility to house 6-8 Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) staff, one fire engine, and one medic unit for the duration of the construction project. In the next phase, the existing firehouse will be demolished and the new facility consisting of 15,000 square feet will be constructed on the same site. Finally, the temporary facility will be removed, and site development completed.

Construction Impacts to the daily life:

  • Fire station maintains response time: Maintaining operations from the temporary apparatus bay and residential quarters.
  • Maintain safety-control and security: Erecting barriers/fences, install “Jersey” barriers to address pedestrian and vehicular traffic conflicts and access, and protect patrons from the construction areas.
  • Be a good Neighbor by being sensitive to the environment and daily life-Minimize disturbance, limit debris in streets, dust, and water runoff control measures, adhere to the City’s Noise Ordinance- Silt fences, wash rack area, trash pick-up, and street cleaning.
  • Parking: Contractor, community, and fire station staff parking addressed.
  • Traffic/construction deliveries control: Established truck/deliveries route to minimize disturbance/ intrusion into the neighborhood, limit side walk and street work

Current Construction Phase 

Construction to begin in Spring 2019 with street closures, protection of landscaping, and storm water management. 

Community Meetings

An extensive community outreach program aimed at those that would be most affected by this project began in FY2016 and concluded in the Fall of 2018. Presentations for each meeting can be found below. 

Community Meeting October 8, 2018

Community Meeting August 30, 2018

Community Meeting December 15, 2016

Community Meeting November 14, 2016

Community Meeting March 31, 2016

Project Contact Information

Any questions or concerns may be direct to the project manager:

Adrian King, Capital Projects Manager

Department of General Services, City of Alexandria, VA