About 15,000 cubic yards of soil needs to be excavated to flatten a site for a new fire station at the Y-12 National Security Complex, and almost half of the soil has been removed so far, officials said this week.
The new fire station is one of several under construction at Y-12. Others include an emergency operations center and the Uranium Processing Facility. There was a groundbreaking for the fire station in April, after construction had already started on the emergency operations center.
The fire station replaces one built in 1947, and the EOC will be the home of the site’s operations center, which is currently located in a World War II-era building.
Y-12 said the existing fire station has high maintenance and utility costs, and the building’s condition and configuration do not meet current National Fire Protection Association requirements. The new fire station will provide long-term emergency management response at the site, and its relocation away from Y-12’s hazardous material facilities will help the fire department respond safely and effectively to all emergencies, Y-12 said.
Design of the new fire station was completed earlier this year. The total project cost is expected to be $33.8 million, with an estimated operational date of December 2022. The new fire hall will be located on the east end of Y-12.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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