The District of Squamish has awarded two tenders valued at $893,038 and $433,125 for the construction of the Valleycliffe firehall.
On Sept. 17, council voted unanimously in favour of giving those respective tenders to HCMA Architecture and Design; and Kinetic Construction.
HCMA will be providing design services, which includes enlisting architects, engineers, and all other consultants needed to complete a detailed design of a new fire hall.
Kinetic will serve as the construction manager, which is responsible for managing the building process. This includes tendering all construction contracts and hiring and directing all trades necessary to complete the work.
The Valleycliffe firehall at 37890 Clarke Drive is being replaced with a new building that will become the new headquarters for firefighters in town.
This project is expected to take two and a half years and was initially expected to cost about $10 million. The latest estimates indicate the firehall could cost up to $12 million.
Firehall #2 on Tantalus will be replaced at a future date as part of a separate project, not covered by this current initiative.
The District's long-term plan is to turn the Tantalus site into a location for on-call firefighters, while Valleycliffe will host full-time staff.