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Fire station remodel design process to save time

As efforts to speed up the delivery of capital improvement projects continue, the City of Kansas City, Mo., today announced the selection of three design firms to design the remodeling of five fire stations. The remodel projects are for Fire Station Nos. 10, 16, 18, 23 and 29.

Hoefer Wysocki Architects, LLC, was selected to design Fire Station No. 10, 1505 E. 9th St., and Fire Station No. 16, 9205 N.W. 112th St.

Wellner Architects was selected to design Fire Station No. 18, 3211 Indiana, and Fire Station No. 29, 1414 E. 63rd St.

Fire Station No. 23, 4777 Independence Ave., will be designed by Shaughnessy Fickel and Scott Architects.

The Capital Improvements Management Office implemented this collective approach of designing the five fire stations as a way to get several projects underway quickly. The five remodel projects were grouped together because of their comparable layouts and similar design parameters. This process will save the City approximately three months in design time, thereby eliminating duplication of design efforts and allowing construction to begin in the fourth quarter of 2004.

“Grouping these stations together leads to a more efficient approach to the design process by saving the City time and accelerating the completion of these projects,” said John Franklin, assistant city manager.

CIMO, the City Architect’s Office, and the Kansas City Fire Department participated in the selection of the design firms.

“We’re excited that we are moving forward on the projects at such a rapid pace due to this process,” said Deputy Chief Brad Humston, Fire Department.

Now that the designers are selected, work will begin soon on the remodel projects. Design of all five projects is estimated to be completed within six months, with construction on the first three fire stations being ready to bid within four months.

The five fire stations are on CIMO’s high-priority project list which consists of more than 150 projects. For more information about the Capital Improvements Management Office, visit the office’s Web page (

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