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Posted on: February 11, 2021

City Council Authorizes Interim Agreement with Nice Builders for New Fire Station

City Council voted unanimously on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, to authorize that the city manager enter into an interim agreement with David A. Nice Builders to demolish the current fire station at 440 N. Boundary St. and build a new 31,000-square-foot station on that lot.

This agreement allows the design work to begin and provides that this design work is completed in April; it does not obligate City Council to move forward with the demolition or construction with this contractor.

With this interim agreement, the City agrees to pay David A. Nice Builders $391,054 for this design work. Architectural firms Guernsey-Tingle Architects and Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects are part of the David A. Nice design-build team for this project.

City staff expects to present a comprehensive agreement to City Council in July. That agreement will include the final pricing and design elements of the station. Once a comprehensive agreement is approved, demolition can proceed in the months that follow.

The City solicited bids for the design and build of the new fire station through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act. The PPEA Process allowed City Council to choose its preferred proposal for the design and build.

The bid solicitation began in August and yielded seven proposals. Three contractors advanced to the last phase of the process, which included releasing their conceptual drawings to the public, the Architectural Review Board, the Planning Commission, and firefighters for input. City Council chose David A. Nice Builders for this project at its January 2021 regular meeting.

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