Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward could have a new central fire station by 2014.
Woodward City Commissioners made the first step toward establishing the new station by voting during their Nov. 5 meeting to proceed with the purchase of the "old Golden Corral property" at 2400 Williams Ave. for $403,000.
City Manager Alan Riffel said the next step will be to "establish and request proposals and interest from specific fire station architects, those who have specific experience in designing fire stations."
Estimating the new station to be a "$3.5 million to $4 million facility," Riffel said he hopes the project will draw interest and proposals from several firms.
He noted that "there are quite a few architects who have built stations in the state."
After requesting proposals, Riffel said, "Then we'll establish a building committee, one that is stake-holder based, which will include firefighters and other community members and interested parties."
This building committee will help review the proposals and be involved in the process to select the architecture firm that will design the new station.
"We want the building committee to be involved from the beginning," Riffel said.
Once the architect has been selected, the building committee will provide input throughout the design process in order to create the most efficient design.
AN AMBITIOUS TIMELINE
While the building committee is working to select an architect, the city manager said crews will start demolition of the former restaurant.
The demolition is just the start of the construction timeline.
"I see the old building coming down over the winter and then we'll start the process of design and development around January-February," Riffel said. "The design process will probably take around 60 to 90 days and then engineering will take another 60 days."
"By the end of summer we could start breaking ground," he said.
However, he admitted that timeline could be "a little eager."
"Maybe that's ambitious, but we see this as a high priority and we want to move forward as soon as possible," Riffel said.
The city manager noted that his estimate of groundbreaking by late summer 2013 is based on "expecting positive feedback from the community during the process, because we will be presenting our design plans to the community."
If the community's reaction leads to some redesign, then the groundbreaking could be moved back a bit to the fall, he said.