The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department will be building a new hall and the conceptual design of the building will be used by the Regional District of Nanaimo as a template for a standard design of future fire halls. — DVFD photo

RDN to create conceptual designs for fire halls

Committee endorses standardization design of buildings

The Regional District of Nanaimo is coming up with a conceptual design that it intends to apply to all fire halls it plans to build in the future.

Over the next five to 10 years, the regional district may have to build six new fire halls in fire protection areas that include Dashwood, Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Bow Horn Bay and Extension. Some may be small satellite halls while others may be larger halls that will feature administration offices, training rooms, kitchen, public-use space and other amenities.

Traditionally when the RDN builds a new fire hall, it hires a consultant to come up with a design and plans. The cost usually equates to about 10 per cent of the overall construction cost, which can vary depending on the materials used and other features of the building.

Director of transportation and emergency services Daniel Pearce told the committee of the whole at Tuesday’s (June 12) meeting, one of the most affordable material options the RDN could consider is pre-fabricated engineereed steel construction. Using this type of material for a satellite fire hall, he said, would cost around $1.5 million while a bigger building would be $2.5 million or more.

That means the archictectural and engineering costs at 10 per cent will range between $150,000 to $250,000 or more for each hall if designed individually, Pearce said.

To reduce the cost, Pearce suggested the RDN standardize the design of fire halls. With the Dashwood VolunteerFire Department building set to be replaced, Pearce said, there is an opportunity to develop a functional and cost efficient fire hall design that would serve as a template that could be applied to future construction of fire halls.

Pearce said the idea of standardized fire halls was discussed by local fire chiefs during their meetings. He indicated that the support and interest is there.

Dashwood fire department has budgeted $100,000 for conceptual designs and drawings for its new hall. A request for proposal was initiated and a successful bidder with an offer of around $64,000 was accepted. RDN is now working with Dashwood to use the conceptual planning process to create the template for a standard design of fire halls. The plans and drawings are expected to be completed by September this year.

A standard design for future fire halls could save the RDN around $75,000 to $125,000 by not having to incur individual design costs.

The committee of the whole fully endorsed staff recommendation.

Just Posted

Controversial SD69 discussions continue regarding field trips requiring air travel

Some Qualicum district students believe motion takes away too much from experience at school

Pole-climbing thieves pilfering wire in Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Repairs are costly and thefts jeopardize public safety

Library month celebrates Indigenous people, culture in Parksville

Vancouver Island Regional Library showcasing culture of many Nations during October

Green Party leader Elizabeth May talks eliminating fish farming in open ocean pens

May stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read