Strongsville (OH) will Renovate Albion Road Fire Station

 The city plans to renovate its Albion Road fire station, one of four fire stations in Strongsville.

The work will include redesigning restrooms to make accommodations for women firefighters, although the city now employs only men firefighters; upgrading the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system and adding insulation; and replacing the roof.

“The HVAC and mechanical systems aren’t working properly,” Draves said. “We have air-quality issues – there is mold in the ceiling. As we evaluated the project, we felt it was also time to upgrade the locker rooms, dorms and bathrooms.”

Last week, City Council hired Zarzycki-Malik Architects Inc. in Middleburg Heights to design the fire station renovation, provide a cost estimate and oversee construction. The city will pay the firm an amount equal to 9 percent of the construction costs.

“A percentage is a very common way to charge architects in contracts,” Strongsville Law Director Ken Kraus said. “It’s usually between 7-10 percent of the cost of a project.”

When asked what incentive Zarzycki-Malik has to keep construction costs low, Kraus said the city, not the firm, will approve the final scope of the work.

“Our Building Commissioner (Tony Biondillo) has 28 years of municipal experience,” Kraus said. “Our people know if something is way off base.”

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