Bids are in on fire station
firm presented low estimate at meeting
By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer
Kokomo — Six bids came in on the future
Kokomo Fire Station 2 this week, and anxious contractors won’t have to
wait long to hear the city’s answer.
Myers Construction Management Inc.,
Fishers, submitted the lowest bid at the Kokomo Board of Public Works
and Safety meeting Wednesday, beating competitors from Indianapolis,
Zionsville and Noblesville.
City officials are now looking over the
bids to make sure they comply with the bid specifications before
awarding a contract at next Wednesday’s board of works meeting.
excited this project is moving forward,” Kokomo Fire Chief Pat O’Neill
said. “It’s something we’ve needed since 1979. It’s great to be able to
add that protection to the southeastern part of the city.”
The city hasn’t had a separate home for
Engine 2 since abandoning the old station at Home Avenue and Union
Street in 1979. The station’s operations were consolidated with Fire
Station 1 when the current downtown station was built.
The city’s population peaked in 1978,
but the area of the city has continued to expand since then.
O’Neill said the Kokomo Fire Department
has struggled with response times to the southwest side in recent
years. Currently, the fire station at Boulevard and U.S. 31 responds to
calls from that area.
“I don’t think there’s been a former
fire chief since Station 2 closed that hasn’t recommended a new
station,” O’Neill said.
Kevin Cooper, an architect with Axis
Architecture + Interiors, Indianapolis, said he expects the new station
to be complete by next April.
The two-story, 12,700-square-foot
building will have a steel and masonry structure, with both brick and
split-face concrete block on the exterior. A “pseudo-tower” element
will add street presence, while a vaulted, curved roof will be placed
over the apparatus bay, Cooper explained.
Axis designed Fire Station 1 in downtown
Shelbyville, as well as Indianapolis Fire Department Station 14, near
the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Both stations won awards for
design, Cooper said.
The building will be constructed in a
way that allows for future expansion, and it will also have parking and
office space for a Kokomo Police Department substation. Eight
single-bed dormitory-style rooms will house the firefighters; each
bedroom will have three lockers.
O’Neill and Cooper said the bids came in
close to the engineer’s estimate, apart from the Myers bid, which was
under the estimate. Altogether, the margin between the high and low bid
was about 12 percent, once the bids for eight alternates were factored
• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff
writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via e-mail at