New Lawton (OK) Airport Fire Station Physically Shifting

Lawton Fire Station No. 2 is experiencing signs of physical movement in the center part of the building.

According to a report from The Lawton Constitution, Lawton Fire Station No. 2, recently opened to serve Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport and the city of Lawton, is experiencing signs of physical movement in the center part of the building.

The station was turned over to the city of Lawton in early 2020. It was built on the northern edge of the airport along Bishop Road. Crews stationed that are specially trained to respond to aviation-related emergencies at the airport as well as fires and other emergencies in south Lawton.

Airport Director Barbara McNally said that the building is apparently shifting and experiencing movement, with that movement evident in problems with tiles and walls. She also said that, although there is no evidence of structural problems, there apparently is movement that must be addressed.

A geotechnical engineer is slated to be in Lawton Feb. 12 to bore holes in the soil in five locations near the apparent area of shift study the problem. McNally said they will investigate whether ground water or something else is the culprit.

The said the movement appears to be confined to the building’s kitchen, or the center of the building. It hasn’t affected the fire bays or dorms, and engineers say there is no danger to occupants, and none is expected to develop. McNally expects the issue to be corrected.

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