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Township rebuilds 50-year-old fire station to modern standards

Fire department recognizes facility need

Fire Station #3 serves the southeast corner of Commerce Township, Mich., and has been in commission for over 50 years. With the facility nearing the end of its useful life, the Commerce Township Fire Department recognized the need to build a new facility to house new equipment and vehicles and provide improved services to the community.

After hearing about Plante Moran Realpoint's (PMR), formerly Plante Moran Cresa's, success with West Bloomfield Township’s new fire station, the department recognized the value an owner’s representative could provide in construction planning and implementation, especially with this once-in-a-generation project.

Owner’s representative keeps project moving forward

Ahead of the rebuild, PMR and key department personnel toured newly constructed stations to better understand building layouts and discover the features that a modern facility offers. PMR then assisted the department with prioritizing needs and creating the project scope. Ultimately, project stakeholders concluded that a new fire station on the same property was more feasible than renovating the outdated building.

In alignment with the fire department’s $5.5 million budget, PMR assisted in creating a project implementation schedule and phasing plan. Our team also advised the department in the procurement and coordination of architects and contractors. Throughout the design and construction phases, our team helped manage risk and align all activities to the pre-established scope, budget, and timeline.

The benefit

The new 12,000-square-foot fire station boasts four bays, two of which house a new fire truck and emergency medical service vehicle. Amenities include five sleeping dormitories, a fitness center, dining area, kitchen, offices, and conference space.

With strategic guidance from Plante Moran Realpoint, the Commerce Township Fire Department replaced a 50-year-old facility with a modern fire station that is equipped to meet the needs of both its fire fighters and community for many years to come.

Our team has assisted municipalities in implementing capital programs of all sizes over our 25-year history. Learn more about how we can help today.

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