Fire Station 1 Project

Fire Station 1 Project
 
On this page, you will find regularly updated information about the Fire Station 1 project, including past presentations, meeting dates, construction progress, FAQs and more.
 
May 11, 2022

During its Wednesday meeting, the Cascade Township Board unanimously gave approval to move forward with the new Fire Station 1 design and budget.
 
The decision allows the new Fire Station 1, which will be located at 2865 Thornhills Ave. SE, to prepare construction documents and bid the new facility. The board will meet in August to review and approve bids before construction can begin.
 
The new Fire Station 1 will feature enhanced safety features, additional storage, training space and other amenities designed to improve efficiency and meet or exceed national fire standards. Designed with extensive input from the community, the new Fire Station 1 will be 17,449 square feet of space, compared to 6,300 square feet in the current facility.
 
The new station has an estimated cost of $10.5 million and is designed to meet the Fire Department’s goals for the next 75 years. The cost of construction will be covered with funds already set aside and through a bond that will be paid utilizing existing revenues. The Township will not need to ask taxpayers for additional dollars.
 
To read more details, click here.


To view the elevation renderings, click here.
To view the site plans, click here.
 

Fire Station 1 Walkthrough Video
 
In this video, Fire Chief Adam Magers and his team give a virtual walkthrough of Fire Station 1 and demonstrate some of the shortcomings and areas of proposed improvement.
 
February 2022 Fire Station 1 Update
 
In this video, Fire Chief Adam Magers and Township Supervisor Grace Lesperance provide an update on the Fire Station 1 project to date and the next steps to come.
 
Fire Station 1 Project Timeline
 
To view the Fire Station 1 project timeline, which includes the steps the project team has taken since the project’s inception in 2018, click here.
 
Fire Station 1 Updates
 
2022
 
Jan. 27, 2022
 
During its Jan. 26 meeting, the Board heard an update and selected a preliminary design for a new Fire Station 1, approving the project team to move forward with more detailed plans. 
 
During the update, the project team walked through the station’s preliminary interior design and two exterior alternatives. The team also explained the impact market changes, supply chain issues and new ordinance requirements have on the estimated budget and timeline.

We are working on gathering resources to remind our community of the steps taken, including a survey and multiple community engagement sessions, to reach this point in the project. You will be hearing from us soon with more information – including future engagement opportunities – as the Fire Station process continues.

To watch the Board meeting, click here. The Fire Station update begins at 16:24.
 
2021
 
December 2021: Public Safety Advisory Committee meets to review preliminary designs, requesting a second exterior design for consideration.
 
September 2021: After public interviews of the finalists for construction management services, Triangle Associates, Inc. and Erhardt Construction made final presentations to the Board, which selected Triangle Associates, Inc. Work begins on interior and exterior design.
 
July 2021: After public interviews of the finalists for architectural services, two firms made final presentations to the Board, which selected Williams Architects. The Board also authorized an RFP for construction management services.
 
June 2021: Review begins of the 11 proposals for architectural services that were submitted.
 
May 2021: Request for proposals for architectural services were sent out.
 
March 8, 2021: Facilities and Services Study
 
Township officials and Progressive AE will present recommendations for a new Fire Station 1 plan for the Board’s consideration during its virtual meeting Wednesday.
 
The presentation comes after a six-month study that sought and secured community input on the Township’s Space Needs and Facilities Study. Residents identified facilities used by the Cascade Fire Department as their top need.
 
Couldn’t attend the Jan. 19 virtual public engagement session? You can view the recording of the presentation here.
 
To view Wednesday’s Board meeting agenda and Zoom info, click here.
 
Jan. 20, 2021: Fire Station 1 Presentation and Survey
 
Thank you to those who attended the Jan. 19 virtual public engagement session where Township officials and Progressive AE presented the results of the facilities study for a new Fire Station 1.
 
Slideshow of Jan. 19 public engagement session
Video of Jan. 19 public engagement session
Public engagement survey results
 
2020
 
Dec. 18, 2020: Virtual Public Engagement Session: Fire Station 1
 
Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. for a virtual public engagement session where Township officials and Progressive AE will present the results of the facilities study for a new Fire Station 1.
 
This meeting comes after a six-month study that sought and secured community input regarding the Township’s Space Needs and Facilities Study. Residents identified facilities used by the Cascade Fire Department as their top need.
 
To learn more about the study, including presentations from previous sessions, please click the links at the bottom of the page.
 
A survey will be available starting Jan. 20 for those who are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback.
  
2019
 
Progressive AE study with Fire Station 1 recommendations
Progressive AE survey next steps
Progressive AE Buildings and Services Study
Progressive AE needs assessment presentation
 
Fire Station 1 FAQs
 
Below, you will find a list of Fire Station 1 frequently asked questions. Have a question about the project that isn’t on this list? Please email Fire Chief Adam Magers at amagers@cascadetwp.com.

 
  1. Why does Cascade Township need to replace Fire Station 1?
The Township conducted a facilities study in 2018, bringing in a professional architectural firm to review and evaluate all current facilities. We surveyed community members to find out how our facilities were valued, asking residents to share what programs and services they would like to see added in the coming years. The top need identified by this survey and our residents was replacing Fire Station 1, which does not meet national and firefighting safety standards.
 
  1. Can’t you simply remodel Fire Station 1?
No, it would not be practical at this point. The current building where Fire Station 1 is housed was originally an insulation factory. It has been through three extensive remodels and is at the point where it can no longer be renovated to meet safety standards.
 
  1. What steps has the Township taken since the Facilities Study determined replacing Fire Station 1 was the top priority of residents?
After the facilities study, the Township engaged a professional architectural firm to go through conceptual design, then schematic design and then design-development. A committee of firefighters worked closely with the architecture firm throughout this process, identifying current challenges that need to be addressed. Township trustees and Chief Magers have visited more than a dozen fire departments in West Michigan to review their facilities as we look to develop a new Fire Station 1 that complies with state and federal guidelines, meets or exceeds firefighting safety standards and will serve the Township for decades to come.
 
  1. How was the site selected?
The Township conducted a two-year site selection process that looked at call mapping, traffic studies, response time and other criteria, as well as lot availability and cost analysis for property in the Township. Three sites emerged as the top candidates, with the Board finally approving the Thornhills site, which best met needs.
 
  1. How have residents been engaged to date in this process?
Starting in 2018 with the Facilities Study, residents have had the opportunity to participate in nine different public engagement sessions. The Township has had 25 different touch points in various open meetings where we have sought resident input to assess what they would like to see in a new Fire Station 1. Residents have highlighted a number of issues, from response time to accessibility and community events to greater visibility.
 
  1. What future opportunities for engagement do residents have?
The Township will host an open house on Monday, March 28 where residents will have the opportunity to tour Fire Station 1, see the current challenges with the facility and talk with Chief Magers, Fire Department members, the architects and construction manager. The Township will produce a virtual tour of the station for residents who are unable to attend in person. Additionally, we will host a public information session on Wednesday, May 11 in advance of the Boards review and vote on the project. Additionally, residents are welcome to attend and speak at any of the Township meetings, which are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wisner Center, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE. Residents can also attend these meetings virtually. Finally, residents can share their thoughts at any time with Chief Magers by emailing him at amagers@cascadetwp.com.
 
  1. What’s the timeline for this project? Where are we now and what’s happening next?
You can view the complete timeline for this project here. At its Jan. 26 meeting, the Board gave approval to the architect and construction management firm to begin the design-development phase of the project, which we expect will take us through early May.
 
  1. If you started this process in 2018, why is it taking so long?
Fire Station 1 will be the largest capital investment project of the Township in our history. We have listened to residents, who have told us they want to be engaged along the way. We are working as quickly and deliberately as we can to ensure we meet the needs of our firefighters and our residents in a way that is fiscally responsible.
 
  1. How much will a new Fire Station 1 cost?
The cost is being determined in this design-development phase. We anticipate it will be between $8.5 million and $10.5 million, and will have a budget estimate in May. A precise number will be available once bids are received.
 
  1. Will there be an additional cost to taxpayers for Fire Station 1?
No. We cover the cost of construction with funds already set aside and through a bond that will be paid utilizing existing revenues. We will not need to ask taxpayers for additional dollars.
 
  1. Where can I go to learn more about this process?
We have a dedicated page on our website where we have gathered all the information about Fire Station 1. It’s one of the sliders on our homepage and prominently featured each time you visit www.cascadetwp.com.
 
  1. How can I share comments or ask questions about this process?
If residents have a question not addressed in these FAQs or a comment you wish to share, you can email Chief Magers at amagers@cascadetwp.com. Residents can also attend and speak at any of the Township meetings, which are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at the Wisner Center, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE. Residents can also attend these meetings virtually.