Meridian Star

Letters

May 20, 2012

Fire station plans

MERIDIAN —

    This week the City of Meridian approved the selection of LPK Architects of Meridian Mississippi as the choice for design of Fire Station #9 to be located in the newly annexed area.

    LPK Architects was selected by a five person team who consisted of a Meridian Fire Department deputy chief and a battalion chief, our community development director, our parks and recreation director, and our city purchasing agent.

    This team had a tremendous combination of experience with fire department needs and facility requirements.

    There were twelve submittals for this project and each one was carefully reviewed by the team and scored. The top three firms then came before the team and made presentations.

    The selection of LPK Architects allows the City of Meridian to move forward with negotiations for an agreement with the architect and the design of Fire Station.

    My administration is approaching this process with one significant change. For the first time, the goal is to design a fire station plan that is not site-specific.

    The objective is to get away from designing municipal buildings with one certain location in mind.

    This will allow the City to reuse this plan for future fire stations at a greatly reduced design cost.

    Fire stations are different from most other municipal buildings. Most departments have one — perhaps two or three — sites or locations.

    For example, Community Development is in the downtown parking garage. Public Works has three water treatment plants.

    Meridian Fire Department is the only city department with several sites located throughout the city.

    If we can develop a plan that is not site-specific, it will have a lasting positive impact on taxpayers for years to come by reducing the cost of every future fire station.

Cheri Barry

Mayor of Meridian

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