The existing structure of the Glenville Hill Fire District #8 (Town of Glenville, Schenectady County) has a tower that offers commanding views of the Mohawk Valley, but like many buildings of a similar age, the truck bays are too narrow and short to safely and efficiently accommodate modern fire-fighting apparatus. The donning area at the rear is inadequate in terms of space, and the lack of ventilation creates a challenging environment even for brief periods.
The Fire District commissioned Delaware Engineering first to assess the existing facility and to design an addition, with architectural elements blending the facility into existing site features and the surround landscape. The scope of work (the “Concept Plan Report”) included an initial needs assessment, project planning, concept development, site plan, floor plans and building elevations, cost estimating, and the solicitation of public input and support. In addition, Delaware developed a budget, and generated tables showing the potential annual costs to a typical single-family home.
Following the initial engagement, the Fire District engaged Delaware to assist with activities to advance the project, including attendance at meetings and open houses to present the proposed improvements to the public; preparation of SEQR documents necessary to issue a determination of significance; development of information session materials including cost tables and information packets; securing the services of a bond counsel who could support the preparation of a bond resolution for the project; and assisting with the referendum vote.