Shawnee firefighters will soon be back in full force — again numbering three firehouses — as Fire Station No. 2, at 1401 N. Bryan St., approaches completion of its remodeling project.

Shawnee firefighters will soon be back in full force — again numbering three firehouses — as Fire Station No. 2, at 1401 N. Bryan St., approaches completion of its remodeling project.

Shawnee Fire Chief Dru Tischer said progress has been picking up in the past several weeks.

“The interior walls in the living quarters are now up and the electricians are pulling wire to the outlets this week,” he said. “The fire sprinkler system is installed, along with the apparatus bay overhead doors.”

He said the roof is 90-percent complete and the contractors are tying in the roof with the exterior wall panels.

“The exterior brick work started on the south and east sides of the building this week,” Tischer said. “The contractors will soon begin work on the retaining wall that will run along the north and east sides of the property.”

Once that is complete, he said they will be able to begin exterior concrete work.

“I am very pleased with the quality of our plan and the work that has been done to this point,” he said. “Myself, along with our architects, COS Building Inspection, Engineering and IT, will continue to work to ensure we receive the quality product that was specified.”

At this point, Tischer said he believes the project is about four to five weeks from substantial completion.

At that point the fire department will receive the building back from the general contractor, he said. “Then it will take us a few weeks to prepare the building for re-occupation by department staff,” he said.

Background

Repeated mold issues — caused by ongoing water leaks and drainage problems — had the city facing a decision whether to repair the site or remodel altogether.

Choosing to tear the building down to the pre‐engineered “red‐iron” structure and concrete slab, expansion was designed to improve the apparatus bay and update the fire station from that point.

Though not all news has been positive, corrections have been made.

“The building was missing quite a bit of steel,” he said. “It has now been added. It was not up to code at all; it was not right at all.”

He said there's been a huge improvement to the site, though during the remodel the project did encounter a new issue.

Tischer said the contractor inadvertently damaged a few of the post-tension cables in the concrete pad while relocating some of the original plumbing.

He said he worked closely with the general contractor and a sub-contractor — that specializes in the type of repair — was consulted.

Overall, Tischer said he feels very good about the project.

“The end product will produce our stated goal of providing a fire station that will serve our community and fire department for a minimum of 40 years,” he said.

Watch for updates.