Seismic upgrade construction to Woodburn Fire District's Main Station on Newberg Highway begins this week and will continue through January 2019.
The station is being seismically upgraded to allow the structure to withstand a major earthquake. This will allow firefighters to continue to use the station to provide emergency response to fires, medical emergencies and other rescues in the aftermath of an earthquake when the need for emergency services will be in high demand, a press release from WFD stated. Station 21 (the main station) was constructed in 1976 when building codes did not include seismic requirements.
Funding for the $1.6 million project is from two grants: $971,000 from a State of Oregon seismic grant and $670,000 from a City of Woodburn Urban Renewal grant.
Per state law, funds from the seismic grant can only be used for the seismic improvement of structures and cannot be used for operational expenses. Similar use restrictions apply to the Urban Renewal grant as well.
The fire station will remain operational during construction. The on-duty crew will use the Newberg Highway station during the day and the James Street station at the night because the crew living quarters will be unusable during the construction.
Emerick Construction of Tualatin has been selected to provide construction management and general contractor services for the project. Emerick has experience in the seismic upgrade and construction of fire stations including eight recent fire station projects in Clackamas and Washington counties.