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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Stillwater Fire Station, TIME Project

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Stillwater Fire Station TIME Project

Pictured, left to right: David Robinson, Ethan James, Aaron Stoops, Dawn Dodson, Councilor Tim Hardin, Candy Staring, Reagan Caram, Councilor Kevin Clark, Councilor Christie Hawkins, Chief Terry Essary, Asst. Chief Brandon Halcomb, Deputy City Manager Brady Moore, City Manager Kimberly Meek, Vice Mayor Amy Dzialowski, and Mayor Will Joyce

(Stillwater, OK) – Earlier today, the Stillwater Fire Department and City of Stillwater held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for the new Stillwater Fire Station No. 2, which will be located on Western Road, about one-half mile north of McElroy Road. 

The fire station is one of the City of Stillwater’s T.I.M.E. (Together Investing in Municipal Excellence) capital improvement projects identified to meet the community’s priority needs. Mayor Will Joyce expressed gratitude to Stillwater voters for their overwhelming support to increase public safety and emergency response efforts.

“The benefits of this safety initiative are countless and this is a milestone for everybody involved,” Joyce said. “Many thanks again to all who supported the T.I.M.E. initiatives, and this initiative in particular, for an overall safer and healthier Stillwater.”

SFD’s iconic fire station at Campus Corner is no longer capable of supporting a modern fire service with current equipment, and heavy traffic at the existing location presented an issue for engines exiting or returning to the station. The new facility location will better serve the changing needs of a growing community.

Oklahoma State University owns the current Fire Station No. 2 building, which was constructed in 1938 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The university plans to preserve the structure and give it a new purpose. 

Fire Chief Terry Essary said the old station has served valiantly for 86 years, housing generations of innovative and world-class firefighters.

“So it is bittersweet that the location of Station No. 2 will be changing but the current building will remain intact and will forever be a testament to the resilience, courage and dedication to service and community that the members of the Stillwater Fire Department have always displayed,” Essary said.

Construction of the new fire station is funded through a $9 million bond approved by voters in April 2022. The new station will have 15,000 square feet of space and will include 5 drive-through bays and improved co-ed living quarters to house 10 firefighters.

Chief Essary thanked Oklahoma State University for support, saying he is incredibly grateful for the partnership. He also thanked the voters who chose to invest in the project. 

“This marks a significant step forward for our collective safety and community well-being,” Essary said. “This piece of ground will become a home to the men and women who relentlessly prepare to protect you and your loved ones in emergencies and to provide a constant supply of hope in a world that needs it now more than ever.”

Crossland Construction is serving as Construction Manager at Risk for the project and will be overseeing the construction process to ensure accurate cost estimates and control costs by providing flexibility to stay within budget. Bids will be awarded in phases, with Work Package 1 consisting of demolition, earthwork, site concrete, site utilities and storm sewer at a total cost of $1,297,063.13. 

Construction of Work Package 1 is expected to begin in January 2024, and last through March 2024. Advertisement and bidding for Work Package 2 will also begin in January 2024. The estimated project completion date is July 2025. 

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Writer: Michelle Charles, City of Stillwater Communications

Photographer: Erick Moreau, City of Stillwater Communications

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