Thursday: Menlo Park fire district to dedicate new station


A fire station that was rebuilt at a cost of $7.6 million and that is nearly three times larger than the former station will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

The station is part of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which covers Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and nearby unincorporated areas.

The 12,000-square-foot station, built in phases, replaces the 4,300-square-foot, 1950s-era station, the district said.

The new station has a community room, an emergency operations center for the city, larger quarters for fire crews, larger apparatus bays and more storage space.

The station gets between 2,000 and 3,000 calls a year, most for medical services, the district said.

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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2016 at 11:24 am

This station is massively behind schedule for opening, delayed by at least a year. Horrible construction management, and months at a time went by with hardly any work being done. Whoever managed this contract should be ashamed - this could have been finished a year ago.

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Posted by Present
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm

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I believe Peter Carpenter is on the Fire District Board. Perhaps he can address some of these concerns?

Also, why do we need an upgrade this big?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

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The General Contractor’s schedule indicates that the building will be occupied and completed in May 2016. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for either April 28th and an open house is scheduled for Saturday the 30th.
As of the end of March, the project was 96% complete. The installation of the solar panels was completed and approved by the City of East Palo Alto Building Department and the Menlo Park Fire Prevention Office. The rubber stair treads, installation of the kitchen hood, kitchen and laundry room tile, light fixtures, bathroom partitions and fire alarm equipment were completed in March 2016. Floor polishing and touch up painting is currently underway.
Exterior work still to be completed includes exterior paneling facade on University, the installation of the lobby door and the installation of guardrails. Interior finishes to be completed include completion of the installation of bathroom accessories, installation of appliances, HVAC: grille, register and diffusers, air balancing, and state signoff on the elevator. These installations will be followed up by the dropping of ceiling tile and installation of the entrance mat.. The functional punch list occurred on April 13th and 14th and the aesthetics punch list is scheduled for the week of the 18th. In addition to the punch list, the building will undergo commissioning. Commissioning is a designed quality-assurance process for achieving, verifying and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meet the owner’s documented objectives and criteria. The commissioning process provides review and quantitative functional testing in order to formally observe and document that the quality control efforts of the designers and contractors are successfully completed.
In January 2012, the Board of Directors approved a resolution which funded the Construction of Fire Station 2, Phase 3, and approved an estimated budget of $8,233,000. In September 2015, the Board approved an additional contract for the installation of solar panels in the amount of $156,622 which increased the estimated project budget to $8,389,622. To date, the District has been able to stay within the budget estimates approved by the Board."

"The District has approved approximately $420,000 in change orders for design and construction services which equates to 5% of the original project budget and has approximately $127,000 reserved for pending unapproved change orders, and $127,969 is allocated for low valued contracts, the purchase of furniture and equipment, and as a contingency available for other uses. Staff anticipates completing the project within the Board approved budget."

Station 2 is currently the busiest station in the Fire District and the new larger station was sized to respond to the current planned and anticipated new construction in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

The Station upgrade was financed with current property tax revenues and without any parcel taxes.

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