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Shovels hit dirt on Fire Hall 6

$4-million station at north end of city set to open August 2016

Fire Hall 6

Ground has now been broken on the future site of Fire Hall 6. The new fire hall, shown above in a concept image and slated to be open by August 2016, had to be downsized from its original concept in order to bring costs to within the given $4-million budget.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The first shovels have hit dirt on the swath of land that will soon be home to Oshawa’s newest fire hall.

Fire Hall 6 will sit on a 1.99-acre lot sitting on the northeast corner of Simcoe Street North and Britannia Road and will be the main responder for Oshawa’s booming north end, as well as the expanded section of Highway 407 once it is completed.

The 10,675-square-foot building is slated to be completed by August 2016.

However, according to Mark Robinson, Oshawa’s director of facilities management, the city is still awaiting a timeline from contractor Gay Company Ltd.

The sixth addition to Oshawa fire services comes with a nearly $4-million price tag, which caused some trouble earlier this year when all five pre-approved contractors provided estimates above that mark.

This meant the city had to do some wrangling with its design to bring the project within budget. Robinson says that tinkering has now been completed.

“We have successfully completed the requirements there,” he says. “We’ve negotiated with the low tender, which is Gay Company…we are in the process of now finalizing on the contracts.”

Gay Company’s tender claimed they could build the city’s fire hall for approximately $4.15 million, meaning the city needed to slice off more than $150,000 from that estimate.

To do so, Robinson says the overall size of the fire hall was reduced.

Fire chief Steve Meringer says the reduction in size will not affect the operation of his department.

“We were able to come in under the funding umbrella with no impacts, so that’s a good thing,” he says.

Once completed, the hall will house one pumper truck and be staffed by existing staff recruited from the current fire services roster.