San Marcos: San Antonio Architects to Design Fire Station No. 6
Featured Photo (above): The design for San Marcos’ new Fire Station No. 6 will be based on basic design elements for Fire Station No. 4, which opened in the last couple of years, and a new/relocated Fire Station No. 2 that is under construction. Image: City of San Marcos
By Edmond Ortiz
San Marcos (Hays County)—A San Antonio architecture firm has been hired to oversee architectural and engineering design services for San Marcos’ sixth fire station.
City Council voted February 4 to approve a $306,388 design services agreement with WestEast Design Group. Funded by the voter-approved 2017 city bond, Fire Station No. 6 will be built on a 3.39-acre site on Old Bastrop Road.
Fire Station 6 will be located in the southern part of the Trace Public Improvement District (PID), a 417.6-acre master-planned, mixed-use community. Local officials said this newest fire station will benefit Trace and other developments that are growing east of Interstate 35.
The Trace community is being developed by California-based Highpointe Trace LLC. The original estimated budget for Fire Station 6 was $4.5 million plus $2 million contributed by Highpointe. The developer also donated the land.
Partially because of escalating construction prices, city officials opted to go ahead and begin working with WestEast on designs for Fire Station 6.
WestEast will also handle MEP services for the Fire Station 6 project.
The design team for Fire Station 6 includes Mendez Engineering for civil engineering, Vickrey & Associates for landscape and irrigation architecture, JQ Engineering for structural engineering, and Protection Development Inc. for fire alarm and suppression systems.
Jacobs Project Management Co. is the city’s bond program manager. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2015-32AF.
Fire Station No. 6 will be located in the southern part of the under-development Trace master-planned, mixed-use community. Image: City of San Marcos
In the third quarter of this year, the city expects to start a competitive sealed proposal construction method delivery. Station construction is estimated to begin before the year’s end and conclude in late 2021.
It’s been agreed upon that the Fire Station No. 4 blueprints will be the basis for design work on Fire Station 6 and the new Fire Station 2. Fire Station No. 4 is an 11,182-square-foot facility that opened on East Wonder World Drive a few years ago.
WestEast’s services include value engineering, master planning, interior design, design-build. construction administration and programming.
The 2017 city bond is also funding development of a firefighter training field master plan, expansion of the San Marcos Library, and renovations to the police department.
WestEast worked with Flintco, the design-build contractor for a new Fire Station No. 2, where ground was broken in January in the La Cima subdivision. The relocation of Fire Station 2 is another 2017 bond project.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.