Williamsburg City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize the city manager to enter into an interim agreement with David A. Nice Builders, a general contractor, for a new fire station.
The plan is to demolish the current fire station at 440 N. Boundary St. and build a new 31,000-square-foot station on the same lot.
According to the city’s news release, this is an interim agreement allowing for the design work to begin and to be completed in April. it does not obligate the City Council to move forward with the demolition or construction process with this David A. Nice Builders.
Under the interim agreement, Williamsburg has agreed to pay David A. Nice Builders $391,054 for this design work.
Architectural firms Guernsey-Tingle Architects and Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects are part of the project team, as well.
City staff expects to present a comprehensive agreement to City Council in July, including the final pricing and design elements of the station. Once a comprehensive agreement is approved, demolition can proceed in the months that follow.
Williamsburg solicited bids for the design and build of the new fire station through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act. The PPEA Process allowed City Council to choose its preferred proposal for the design and build.
The bid solicitation began in August and yielded seven proposals. Out of the seven, three contractors advanced to the last phase of the process, ehich included releasing their conceptual drawings to the public, the city’s Architectural Review Board, the Williamsburg Planning Commission, and firefighters for input.
City Council chose David A. Nice Builders for the project at its January 2021 regular meeting.
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