Construction for the new Denton Fire Station No. 2 might have gotten off to a slow start, but it has since been progressing thanks to summer’s dry weather.
The $6.1 million station, at East McKinney Street and Mockingbird Lane, broke ground last November, according to David Robinson, managing director of Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio in Denton.
Robinson, whose firm was contracted in August 2013 for the project, said because of the heavy rain in spring, more than 60 build days were lost.
Fred Geiser, project superintendent with Schmoldt Construction, was spotted checking on the progress of the new facility, which will be a little more than 14,000 square feet.
Officials said the building will have four bays, a climate-controlled workout area, a safe room and private dorms for male and female staff.
Currently, Fire Station No. 7 — located on Vintage Boulevard — is the only Denton station with private dorms, according to Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for Denton Fire Department.
Robinson, who also took part in the design of station No. 7, said he is looking forward to implementing environmentally friendly designs for station No. 2 that follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practice, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website.
Station No. 7 was the first in the state of Texas to receive gold LEED certification for a fire station and the second in the nation, officials said.
The “showpiece” of the new station will be a three-story tower to hang hoses in a controlled area to dry, Hedges said.
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