NORMAN — Construction of the city's ninth fire station is proceeding on schedule, with an opening expected by late summer.
The station on Alameda Street, east of 24th Avenue SE, will improve response times on the east side and alleviate the workload of a downtown fire station, which is the main responder to fires and emergencies in that area, Fire Chief James Fullingim said.
The 15,200-square-foot station is being built on a 10-acre tract that also could be the site eventually of a recycling drop-off point and an eastside branch library.
The ninth station is modeled after Fire Station No. 8 on 36th Avenue NW, just north of Tecumseh Road, which is the first station in the state to be LEED-certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The westside fire station that opened in 2011 has received national recognition for its environmental and energy-saving features. The station was awarded gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sponsors an internationally recognized green building certification system.
The eastside station is being built to the same green standards, which means it will use 30 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a conventionally built station, saving the city thousands of dollars in energy and water costs, Fullingim said.
Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio of Denton, Texas, a nationally known firm that specializes in LEED construction, designed both stations. The firm has opened a satellite office in downtown Norman, which serves as a base of operations for the project, said marketing director Terry Nobles.
“Our firm is deeply honored to be chosen as the design firm for this project and to once again work with Norman city officials,” he said.
Atlas General Contractors is under contract to build Fire Station No. 9. Public safety sales tax money is funding the $3.8 million construction project.