The pieces are coming together on the construction of the new fire station for the Waxahachie Fire Department. At Monday night’s city council meeting the Corbet Group was selected as the general contractor for the project.

“In addition to having the lowest bid, the qualifications for the Corbet Group have been reviewed and are deemed sufficient to qualify them as a competent contractor for this work. The Corbet Group was the general contractor for the adaptive re-use and restoration of the MKT depot completed in December of last year. They completed this project on time and within the allotted budget,” project architect Anthony Mottla said.

“They also were the general contractors for the Ellis County’s newly completed adult probation building downtown and are presently constructing the county’s new (sheriff’s) training facility located out on Farm-to-Market 878,” he said.

Corbet’s bid was for $3,083,000 with a construction period of 298 days; it was one of five bids submitted to the city for consideration. According to its website, Corbet is a full service general contractor that provides services in ground up construction, major renovations/remodels, pre-construction, turnkey construction and financing, project and construction management and conceptualization/design.

“Corbet Group was really an unknown to the city before the MKT train depot project and they did a fantastic job,” assistant city manager Michael Scott said. “So, having that first hand knowledge of them and checking their references really made them a no-brainer choice as the contractor for this project. Their bid was competitive and, in fact, it was well below the other four bidders. Therefore, they were not only the lowest bid but extremely qualified.

“One of the things that they provided to us on the depot project is that they don’t submit a lot of change orders. Of course, we had a few there because there were a lot of unforeseens being a renovation of an old building,” Scott said. “This is new construction, which really should lend itself to even fewer change orders and come in on budget again. We are really optimistic that this is going to go as good or better than the depot project.”

Construction on the project should begin within 45-60 days.

The station will be located on the corner of Cleaver and Emanuel streets in east Waxahachie. The building is a three-bay configuration and designed to house up to 11 firefighters.

“I have tried to design this station with the future in mind,” Fire Chief David Hudgins said. “Our other two fire stations were basically designed with the needs of that day and have served us well. The new station itself is designed to so that one day in the future if the city wants to run multiple (apparatuses) out of that one station they can.

“The main room out there will be used as our central training room and emergency operations center. We have a very small operations center at station three, which is crowded. It just does not meet the needs if we have a disaster,” he said. “Instead of just designing a large room for a disaster we have it designed in such a way that we will use it as our primary training room for the department.”

Hudgins said the location was chosen because it provides access to U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, which allows coverage of the two other stations in a short time if units are out on a call. The station will also feature an exercise room, offices, day room, restrooms and showers, storage areas, turnout area, an apparatus room, kitchen, dining area and a lobby.

When the station is completed, six firefighters, one engine, a battalion chief vehicle and a squad vehicle will make the move over. Both existing stations are to capacity and can’t add any new personnel.

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