Groundbreaking for Fire Station 220 in Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
09/12/11 11:08 AM
Public Information & Communications
For Release: Sept. 12, 2011
Contact: Steven Wright
Public Information & Communications Director
The City of Mesa began construction on Fire Station 220 in central east Mesa with a groundbreaking ceremony today. The new fire station, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2012 at the southwest corner of Main Street and 58th Street, will provide critical emergency services to homes and businesses in the area. Fire Station 220, along with Fire Station 219 that is also under construction, will become the first City of Mesa buildings to be LEED (U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registration) certified.
“Fire Station 220 is another example of a tremendous partnership between the voters of Mesa and the federal government. It is the fourth new fire station to be built in Mesa in the past couple of years and shows how we are literally ‘Building a Better Mesa’ for current and future generations,” Mayor Scott Smith said.
The new fire station is part of a public safety bond approved by Mesa voters in November, 2008. Funding is also being provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) through its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program to provide grants for construction of fire stations.
“I am very grateful to the voters of Mesa who realize the importance of public safety and the need for providing emergency services,” District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins said.
The new fire station will have approximately 13,900 square feet, four apparatus bays that will exit onto 58th Street, six dormitory rooms for firefighters, two dormitory rooms for captains and a community/training room for the public.
“When it opens, Fire Station 220 will help meet the demand in the emergency call volume and growth in central east Mesa and improve emergency response times,” Fire Chief Harry Beck said.
The goal is to achieve gold certification for LEED. Construction of Fire Station 220 will incorporate the sustainable practices listed in the Guiding Principles for Sustainable New Construction and Major Renovations. Examples include solar panels, a solar hot water system and insulated concrete exterior walls.
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