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New Parramore firehouse will be more modern & bigger

Orlando's new firehouse in downtown Parramore will be a sizable increase over the one it is replacing.
Orlando's new firehouse in downtown Parramore will be a sizable increase over the one it is replacing.

Orlando is getting a new fire station in the downtown Parramore neighborhood after moving from a site that will contain the new 28,000-seat major league soccer stadium being built by the Orlando City Soccer Club.

The move, by a few blocks, will allow the building of a bigger, more modern facility that will include larger bays and newer trucks, said Cassandra Anne Lafser, spokeswoman for the city.

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The building, at 1203 W. Robinson St., will also be "more centrally located; able to provide more balanced coverage," Lafser said.

The estimated cost for the project is $1 million and work is planned to begin this year.

The fire station, which opened in 1966, was 8,734 square feet. The new one will be significantly larger, at 12,571 square feet.

Bids are due July 23, with a pre-bid meeting to be held July 9.

The design builder for the one-story facility is McCree Design Builders of Orlando. McCree will bid the project component packages based on the final design plans the company just completed.

The city's public works department is facilitating the project and serving as the city's project manager, said Lafser.

The public works department will also provide the inspection services during the construction phase.

Work includes testing, fencing, landscaping, irrigation, concrete, concrete polishing, precast wall panels, brick, metal trusses, miscellaneous steel, rough carpentry, millwork, caulking, roofing, doors and overhead doors.

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It also includes storefront glass, drywall, metal studs, stucco, acoustical ceilings, flooring, painting signage, shutters, flagpoles, lockers, a fuel tank, kitchen equipment, furnishings, plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, electrical, lighting protection, low voltage, generator, a metal roof, fire protection, fire sprinklers and signage.

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