New Valleycliffe Fire Hall

September 13 progress update:  The builder is pushing hard to get the roof on. Some interior finishes have begun. Work remains on time with completion scheduled this April. 

  

 

July 27, 2021 update:

  • Status: on time and on budget
  • Current works:
    • structural lumber 90% complete
    • middle roof is on
    • concrete blockwork complete
    • mezzanine area framing complete to ceiling level
    • electrical/telco utilities in design
    • mechanical rough-in started
  • Budget: development budget $16 million. Cost to date (June) $5.5 million
  • Hurdles: COVID impacting materials and labour supply. The builder is working through as this was predicted.
  • Other: achieved 95%+ landfill waste reduction for demolition and tracking 85%+ during construction

The District of Squamish is building a new Fire Hall, Emergency Operations Centre and administration building on the site of the current Alex Munro Fire Hall #1 in Valleycliffe.

A temporary fire hall has been built at the intersection of Guilford and Clarke Drives for continued fire protection during construction of the new building. In conjunction with the hospital, additional parking spaces were created to manage parking demand in the area.

 Temporary Fire Hall (click to view larger)

Clarke temporary fire hall drawing

 

Key highlights of the plan for a new fire hall include:

  • Post-disaster building that will become the new Squamish Fire Rescue headquarters, housing the fire and emergency program administration (currently at the Tantalus Hall) and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC, currently housed at the RCMP building) to Valleycliffe.
  • Moves the building, the EOC and a new District IT Server Room out of the floodplain.
  • Accommodates fire fighter decontamination needs by providing adequate change rooms and shower facilities, a key health and safety component to support cancer prevention.
  • Includes a Hose/Training Tower.
  • The $16.7M budget includes a 15% contingency and will be funded through a combination of debt and land reserves. Grant funding will be explored.
  • A temporary fire hall will be built at the intersection of Guilford and Clarke Drives for continued fire protection during construction of the new building. In conjunction with the hospital, additional parking spaces will be created to manage parking demand in the area.
  • Construction of the permanent fire hall is planned between winter 2020 and summer 2022.

 

General form and character of the new fire hall.

Please see the Valleycliffe Fire Hall Form and Character report to Council for full details.

(Click image to view larger)

New fire hall drawing