According to a report from WYDaily, the Williamsburg City Council voted unanimously February 11 to authorize the city manager to enter into an interim agreement with David A. Nice Builders, a general contractor, for a new Williamsburg (VA) Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) station.
The current fire station at 440 N. Boundary Street will be demolished and a new 31,000-square-foot station will be built on the same lot. The city council chose David A. Nice Builders for the project at its January 2021 regular meeting.
According to the city’s news release, the interim agreement allows for design work to begin and run to completion in April; it does not obligate the City Council to move forward with the demolition or construction process with David A. Nice Builders.
Under the interim agreement, the city of Williamsburg will pay David A. Nice Builders $391,054 for the design work. Architectural firms Guernsey-Tingle Architects and Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects will be part of the project team as well.
City staff is expected to present a comprehensive agreement to city council in July, which included the final pricing and design elements of the station. Once a comprehensive agreement is approved, demolition can proceed in the months that follow.
Williamsburg took bids for the design and building of the new fire station through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA). The PPEA process allowed the city council to determine its preferred proposal for the design and building of the project.
The bid solicitation began in August and seven bid proposals were received, three of which advanced to the last phase of the process, which included releasing conceptual drawings to the public, the city’s Architectural Review Board, the Williamsburg Planning Commission, and firefighters for input.