The City of Las Cruces has issued a Request for Proposals for a project that will see the building replacement of the city fire department’s Station Number 3.
The current station was completed in the fall of 1968 and has long been regarded as too small and outdated to handle the needs of the growing west side of Las Cruces, an area of the city populated with new residential and commercial development.
The new Station Number 3 will go up adjacent to the existing station, located at 390 N. Valley Drive, and will measure around 12,250 square feet.
The facility will include three apparatus bays, office space, a fitness room, and residential quarters large enough to accommodate up to ten firefighters per shift.
The one-story station, as designed by the Albuquerque-based architecture firm of Dekker Perich Sabatini, will additionally include an exterior training yard and training tower.
The Las Cruces Fire Department currently has seven substations located strategically in all sections of the city.
As planned, Station Number 3 will be built to achieve LEED certification.
The $6.2 million project is being paid for out of general obligation bonds approved by a 70 to 30 percent margin by Las Cruces voters in the summer of 2018.
Work is expected to begin on the new station in October, with an estimated completion date of the fall of next year.
The RFP has a submission deadline of August 11.
By Garry Boulard
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