Cuts to the Design for New Somersworth (NH) Fire Station to Save $500,000

The new station, expected to cost more than $7 million, will replace the current 8,100-square-foot fire station at 195 Maple Street, built in 1976.

According to a report from Foster’s Daily Democrat, the Fire Station Building Committee in Somersworth, New Hampshire, has made $500,000 in cuts to the designs for the city’s new 18,281-square-foot fire station.

The new station, expected to cost more than $7 million, will replace the current 8,100-square-foot fire station at 195 Maple Street, built in 1976.

City Councilor Martin Pepin, also acting as chair of the Fire Station Building Committee, said the city council asked them to make the cuts.

At the Fire Station Building Committee’s meeting earlier this month, the committee looked at a recommendation to remove the proposed training tower, use a more affordable brick for the building’s exterior, replace some interior concrete masonry partitions with drywall (except for areas near equipment), reduce the HVAC scope, and use sectional glass doors rather that bi-fold doors.

These changes reduced the design by $490,127, bringing the total cost from $6,981,104 to $6,490,977. The committee approved these design changes with a vote on March 9. 

If the funds are received, the commission said it may add a new training tower or bi-fold doors to the design blueprint. 

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