OLYMPIA -The Olympia City Council will consider Tuesday whether to award the bid to build a new fire training center to Berschauer Phillips for $3.9 million.
The plan is to begin building the station this summer at 1305 Fones Road S.E., near the Home Depot store, Fire Chief Larry Dibble said. The center would be complete by fall 2011.
Voters agreed in 2008 to raise their property taxes for 20 years to raise up to $16.5 million to pay for the training center, a new fire station and fire equipment. The station will be constructed beginning this summer at 3525 Stoll Road N.E. and is expected to be finished by spring.
The city will ask voters in the August primary to permanently raise property taxes by 25 cents on $1,000 of valuation to pay for staffing the new station. City Manager Steve Hall recommended awarding the bid to Berschauer Phillips of Olympia and Seattle, which submitted the lowest bid of eight companies vying for the project.
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A five-story training tower will be the centerpiece of the training center, allowing firefighters to simulate fires in a multistory environment.
Dibble had considered a training complex that would be twice as large, because the department was discussing a joint project with Lacey Fire District 3. Lacey dropped out of the project. The site has room to expand, he said.
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