Board of Directors Regular Meeting Agenda


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Meeting Date: 11/20/2019  

SUBJECT MATTER:
Receive, consider and act upon an update on The Woodlands Fire Department Station #5 (as requested by Director Snyder); 
FISCAL IMPACT:
None.
BACKGROUND:
Fire Station #5 located at 10100 Branch Crossing currently houses one fire company and one medic unit.  The original design of the facility was to house an engine company with space available to finish out additional sleeping quarters to house two fire companies.  The original design did not include plans for a medic unit. Staff has requested an additional fire company to be housed at Station 5, but due to the current staffing levels at the station, facility expansion would be required in order to house a second fire company. This facility has many identified structural problems. Before committing a request to expand the current footprint of the facility, the existing structural integrity needed to be evaluated.
 
Due to ongoing structural issues with Station #5, fire department staff requested Terracon Consultants, Inc., to conduct a building engineering survey of the facility in early 2019.  Terracon Consultants performed a similar survey in 2009 due to structural problems with the building.  The results of the study were received on May 31, 2019, and indicated that many of the conditions documented in the 2009 study have worsened.  The 2019 study also identified new or previously unidentified structural issues with the facility.
 
During the 2020 budget process, the Fire Department presented a budget initiative to create a comprehensive construction analysis of Stations 3, 4, 5, and the Emergency Training Center. The results of the Terracon study will be included in this construction analysis and help guide future decisions for Fire Station #5 that will responsibly address the community's needs. The goal of the analysis pertaining to Station #5 is to meet the expansion needs of the department, as well as to properly address and alleviate the current structural issues.
RECOMMENDATION:
Board to accept update.
Attachments
The Woodlands Fire Department Station 5 Report


    

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