A collaboration between Gwinnett County and the city of Suwanee will bring a new fire station next to the planned Suwanee Town Center on Main park project.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recently awarded a construction manager at risk contract to Reeves Young LLC for construction of Fire Station 13, which will be constructed at 105 Main St. as part of the planned Suwanee Town Center park expansion project.

“This just shows the kind of good things that can happen when cities and county government work together for the benefit of the public,” District 1 Commissioner Kirkland Carden said.

The city of Suwanee has provided two acres of land at the intersection of the future Main Street/library driveway and Suwanee Dam Road. The county will fund and manage the design and construction of the station, not to exceed $7 million, and will handle related road improvements to Main Street and the intersection at Suwanee Dam Road. The county’s share of the project is funded through the 2017 SPLOST program.

The 11,000-square-foot station, which will be an EarthCraft certified building with sustainable green initiatives, will house a fire engine and an ambulance and will be staffed by five firefighters and paramedics. The station will be designed to accommodate 11 personnel at one time and will include three drive-through apparatus bays, a gear and equipment room, an industrial grade kitchen, an administrative office area and individual bunkroom cubicles with separate male and female locker and shower facilities.

“This new station will enable Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services to continue to provide the outstanding service that people have come to expect,” Fire Chief Russell Knick said. “It is strategically placed to enhance the emergency response capabilities and the community risk reduction initiatives of the department.”

The station is expected to open next winter.

— Staff Reports 

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