Ontario Construction News staff writer
A groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 16 marked the start of construction on a new fire station on Marina Boulevard in Peterborough.
Lett Architects Inc. designed the station and the city awarded the construction contract for the project to JCB Construction Canada for $10 million.
Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2024.
The new fire station to replace the current north-end fire station on Carnegie Avenue that was built in 1967, is being built following the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard for both design and performance.
Building materials have been carefully selected to address embodied emissions during construction and achieve net zero carbon targets. It is designed to achieve net zero energy performance using onsite renewable energy that will reduce operating and maintenance costs.
“The new fire station will help position and support our Fire Services workers as they respond to emergency calls in our community,” said Mayor Jeff Leal. “By building it using Zero Carbon standards, we’re reducing our environmental footprint in our delivery of this essential service. We’re building a better tomorrow, together.”
According to fire services chief Chris Snetsinger, the replacement of Fire Station 2 is necessary as the needs of fire services have evolved since the current station was built in 1967.
“The station has served our community well over the years, but because of its design it has become increasingly challenging to provide the services that are necessary from the existing station. The new station is designed and strategically located to support our community’s existing neighbourhoods and projected growth,” he said.