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June 14, 2012
Kraus-Anderson completes $15 million construction of two fire stations in St. Louis Park
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 2012) – Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA), one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest commercial general contractors and construction managers, has completed construction on two fire stations for the St. Louis Park Fire Department.
Designed by DLR Group, the 12-month construction project replaced both of its aging fire stations. Fire Station No. 1 is located at 3750 Wooddale Avenue and Fire Station No. 2 is located at 2262 Louisiana Avenue South.
The city studied its replacement options for several years before embarking on the approximately $15 million project, which was completed on time and on budget. The project replaced two fire stations constructed in the 1960s that did not meet accessibility rules for public buildings or accommodate today’s multi-gender Fire Department staffing. Other concerns included deteriorating structural elements, aging mechanical systems, limited ventilation, lack of apparatus storage space and insufficient meeting space to host all firefighters simultaneously for meetings and training.
The new 30,695-square-foot, two-story Fire Station No. 1 includes Fire Department administration offices, station administration, a training room, kitchen/dayroom, fitness room, locker rooms, hose tower, sleeping quarters and eight apparatus bays of varying depths. The new 16,760-square-foot, one-story Fire Station No. 2 includes station administration, a fitness room, locker rooms, kitchen/dayroom, sleeping quarters and four apparatus bays.
Both buildings incorporate energy efficient and environmentally sound design in accordance with the St. Louis Park’s Green Building Policy. The design includes use of passive solar energy and day-lighting; regionally sourced, recycled, and low VOC emission materials; high efficiency boilers and chillers; and best management practices for storm water management. Fire Station No. 1 also includes a permanent memorial to the three firefighters who died fighting fires over the years in St. Louis Park.
“These buildings reflect changes to fire service that occurred over the last 40 years, but most importantly they ensure that the community of St. Louis Park will be well served for the changes that occur in the next 40 years,” said Fire Chief Luke Stemmer. “These are beautiful, state-of-the art buildings that we hope this entire community takes pride in and enjoys for decades to come.”
The St. Louis Park Fire Department employs approximately 24 full-time staff members including firefighters, administrators and support staff. It also employs approximately 30 paid-on-call firefighters. The St. Louis Park Fire Department is responsible for putting out fires, responding to medical emergencies and car accidents, overseeing clean-up of hazardous material spills, providing disaster recovery services, preventing fires by conducting inspections, enforcing the fire code and fire investigations.
“Kraus-Anderson is proud to have had the opportunity to work with the City of St. Louis Park on these quality facilities that will provide the flexibility required to meet the ever-changing needs of the community,” said Rich Jacobson, senior vice president of Kraus-Anderson.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth and Bemidji, Minn.