December 30, 2022


Station 4 Project continues to move forward with decent progress.

The fence along the neighbor’s properties to the east was completed. The chain link fence to the south was completed.

Block walls on the east side and south side of the meeting room/officers were completed and the north office area and communication office walls are almost completed. The south wall of the apparatus bays scaffolding is up and work looks ready to begin there next week.

Underground lines for sewer and water should start next week also. Let’s hope this warmer weather continues!!!!

December 17, 2022


Scaffolding up and masonry crew working on block.

Masonry wall enclosure and east side property fence post installed.

December 11, 2022


Foundation has been backfilled and graded

Scaffolding erected for the starting of block walls.

Property grading pretty much completed

Work on installing fence and guardrail to begin next week..

December 3, 2022


Concrete forms removed.

Removal of extra dirt from grade preparation.

Temporary water and electrical services installed.

South retaining wall completed

North retaining wall completed

Installing of concrete block and insulation on footer walls.

November 11, 2022


Station Project continues to see progress. This week the following was completed.

1. Concrete footer wooden forms removed from last week's pour.

2. Footer wall forms were erected and supported and ready for pour next week due to rain today.(Friday)

3. Removal of most of the extra material was completed so sight is started to show more of the finish grades.

4. North retaining wall material was placed and prep work completed for this work to start next week also.

5. Front apron area graded to make ease for concrete trucks delivery next week.

6. Several people showed up to vote at Legion on Tuesday, they were a little surprised!

November 4, 2022


Work for the past week has been the following.

Footers framed and poured this morning

Rebar up and ready for framing and pouring of concrete next week.

Grading work continues in front apron area.

North retaining wall excavation work proceeding for wall construction next week.

So building outer walls are easy to see where they will be, grade of property is starting to look closer to finish grade in regards to building.

General Aerial shots of the project - October 23th, 2022


Building debris removal 10/3-10/7/22


September 15-30, 2022


On 9/15 Upstate moved equipment on site to start removal of trees and some site work while awaiting permission from NYS for Gorick Construction to be able to start tear down the Legion building. This work continued for 2 weeks. Tree and stump removal, excavation on south retaining wall, removal of the pavilion, guardrails, electric and gas and water service to the building.

Material for water, sewer and drainage was delivered to the site as was block for the south retaining wall.

The state gave Gorick the okay to start demolition on the 29th and Atlantic Testing was set up to do air monitoring during demo. Demolition started on 9/30 and will continue into next week as will removal of the building debris.

Station #4 Replacement Project

Vestal Fire Department - Station 4 Replacement Project

Station #4 Replacement Project

Thank You Vestal Voters in supporting us with your vote!

Our Safety, Our Need, Our Hope, is now reality!

Stay Tuned for project updates as we move forward with the project!

Vestal Fire Station #4 Proposal Why replace Station #4

Project News

01/25/22 - Public referendum held. Voters approved moving forward with construction of new station.

01/11/22 - Public Hearing held with Vestal residents.

7/10/20 - Architect has completed assessment of property and existing building. Fire Dept are reviewing Architects preliminary information for questions and answers. Fire Dept representatives have met with Town Engineer to review assessment. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 event has impacted the planned progress of the project.

12/04/19 - Building Committee provided comments and questions to the Architect based upon our review of their Kick-Off meeting documentation.

11/11/19 - Property site surveyed and mapping of the property is underway; various site tests being performed; sewer line and water service to be assessed. Building Committee reviewing Architect documentation from the Project Kick-Off meeting.

10/10/19 - The building committee met with the Architect on 9/26; architect toured the American Legion property; kick-off meeting included review and discussion of a survey on questions for listed uses of the current/future building.

9/16/2019 - Update : Building Committee met on Thursday 8/27 to prepare for the Architect joining the project; Architect's preliminary questions form was answered, kick-off meeting with Architect and building committee is scheduled for late September.

8/6/2019 - The Board of Fire Commissioners authorized on 7/24/19 Fire Commissioner John Schaffer to sign agreement with Bergmann Associates, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Surveyors DPC to design and support construction of a new fire station #4.

7/3/2019 - Completed the proposed Architect contract for submittal to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

6/3/2019 - Working with Town Engineer and the recommended Architect on a proposed contract for Board of Fire Commissioners review and approval.

5/8/2019 - Update: We have reviewed several Architect firm submittals and recently selected one for recommendation to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

 

 


Current Project Timeline (reverse order)

03/6/19 - RFP due back to begin review process

02/6/19 - RFP for Architect/Engineer sent out

10/9/18 – Closing on American Legion property

05/22/18 – Public Information Session, powerpoint information utilized

05/09/18 – Fire Commissioner resolution authorizing property purchase


Background Information

1952 - Current Station #4 built

1984 - West side addition added

01/2011 - 05/2012 - Hueber-Breuer performed a feasibility study. The mission statement stated this was an In depth analysis of Station #4 to determine its ability to meet the needs of both the members, and more importantly, the Community.

This study was a comprehensive review to include potential solutions for current identified deficiencies, conduct thorough research to determine how the current facility affects the service the Department provides, and review both historical data and current trends in the Community in order to position the Department well for the next 50 years.

The goal of the study was to find the most cost effective method for addressing any identified deficiencies. All viable options must be conscious of the financial impact, potential streetscape aesthetics, and above all relate to the safety of the Department members and the Community.

2011 – 3 Community Forums were conducted

06/2011 – An inspection/assessment was also conducted of Station #4 by Hueber Breuer which found

  • Dated materials, fixtures, and systems
  • Outgrown the building size, with limited space for equipment and storage
  • Settling issues and cracks, as well as drainage issues
  • Dated interior conditions
  • Problems with building systems
  • Age, rust, and deterioration
  • Fails to meet numerous State and National Codes, FEMA, and NFPA standards

Options explored in the feasibility study included:

  1. Demolish and rebuild a new building on the existing site
  2. Repair/renovate the existing structure
  3. Demolish the original station, and build an addition
  4. Renovate the existing structure, and add an addition
  5. Demolish existing structure, and build new on a new site
  6. Explore consolidation of fire stations
  7. Add a 5th station at a new site
  8. Build a multipurpose building

Scoring favored option #1, followed closely by option #5, with reasons for favoring #1:

  • Maintain/improve response time to incident scenes
  • No vacant building created
  • No costly land acquisition
  • Optimum responder progression provided

Scoring items of option #5 that advances it ahead of option #1 (2018 update - current Legion site advances over the 2011 evaluation, when no viable/good other sites were available at that time):

  • Sufficient parking
  • Physical space for future growth
  • No temporary relocation required during construction

08/2015 – New team was established to refine/revise the project, review the feasibility study, highlight issues and shortcomings and update the concept

  • Size to meet current and future needs while still maintaining reasonable constraints
  • Meet requirements of
    • The Wicks Law
    • Prevailing Wage Requirements
    • Essential Facilities Codes

01/2017 – Review and Exploration of other potentially viable locations

05/2017 – American Legion interested in selling the property to the Fire District