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August 13, 2014
Groundbreaking ceremony for Stillwater’s new fire station to take place August 22
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 2014) – Stillwater will soon get a new, long-awaited fire station. At 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 22, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place to officially begin construction at the new site, located on the north side of 75th Street at Maryknoll Drive, Stillwater, Minn. Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA), one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest commercial general contractors and construction managers, will build the fire station.
Owned by the City of Stillwater, the new energy-efficient facility replaces the existing 50-year old station that is no longer large enough to house the department and its equipment. The new station’s centralized location is expected to improve response times throughout the city. The Stillwater station currently employs 36 firefighters, including 11 fulltime and 25 on call.
The new 27,000-square-foot station, located on a greenfield site, will feature apparatus bays and vehicle garages (to accommodate fire engines, boats, rescue vehicles and command station equipment) as well as improved training center capabilities complete with a training tower and smoke room. The new building will also include firefighter bunk rooms, fitness center with men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, day room, kitchen, conference room and offices.
Designed by St. Paul-based BWBR Architects and Buetow 2 Architects of Minneapolis, the 12-month project schedule will conclude with a grand opening celebration on July 4th, 2015.
The Police Department will take occupancy of the existing fire station once the Fire Department moves to its new facility.
A unique aspect of this project is that it will be built concurrent with and attached to a new Stillwater Army National Guard Readiness Center (Armory), also designed by BWBR and constructed by a separate contractor. Built to LEED Silver certification standards, the 79,465-square-foot Readiness Center will serve as an administrative and training center for the 34th Military Police Company and the 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
A cooperative effort with city, state and federal involvements, the facility is designed to allow both the fire station and Readiness Center to operate independently, yet share space and classroom amenities because the buildings are attached. The National Guard building will also have facilities to accommodate an emergency management center in cases of natural disasters, where multiple agencies will be able to operate from. It also will have additional training and conference rooms for use by the Fire Department.