Spring groundbreaking on the books for new Richardson fire station in Canyon Creek

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Construction of a new fire station in the Canyon Creek neighborhood should begin this spring, Project Engineer Brad Bernhard reported to City Council at a Jan. 7 meeting.

Increased development and population at UT Dallas and the surrounding area are driving the need for more fire department services, Bernhard said. The city acquired a law office and a former donut shop in the retail center at Lookout Drive and Custer Parkway for the project.

BRW Architects designed the 13,200-square-foot station, which will sit at the northwest corner of the intersection and replace the much smaller Fire Station No. 3 across the street. Included in the design plans are three apparatus bays, or garages, for trucks and other equipment; nine sleep rooms for personnel; and two officer suites.

A public art piece will also be installed at the front of the property. A selection committee made up of representatives from the fire station, the city’s cultural arts commission, nearby residents, the architect and Richardson artists chose a design inspired by the stream of a fire hose, said Shanna Sims-Bradish, assistant city manager and cultural arts liaison.

CORE Construction has been selected as the construction manager at-risk, Bernhard said, and should break ground on the 12-month project in March. A contract for demolition of the current station will be awarded Feb. 14.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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