You don't hear a whole lot about public projects in a down economy. Then again, you don't hear much about construction -- period.
But in St. Louis Park, Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. recently completed two fire stations for the inner-ring suburb's Fire Department. The yearlong, $15 million project replaces two aging fire stations that were built in the 1960s.
The older buildings, among other things, didn't meet modern accessibility rules for public buildings or accommodate multigender Fire Department staffing, according to Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson.
The new Fire Station No. 1, at 3750 Wooddale Av., spans 30,700 square feet and includes administration offices, training and fitness rooms, a kitchen, hose tower, sleeping quarters and eight apparatus bays.
The smaller, 16,760-square-foot Station No. 2, located at 2262 Louisiana Av. S., also has administration offices, fitness and locker rooms, kitchen, sleeping quarters and apparatus bays.
Both fire stations feature energy-efficient elements and environmentally sound design.
"These are beautiful, state-of-the-art buildings that we hope this entire community take pride in an enjoys for decades to come," said the city's fire chief, Luke Stemmer.
The Fire Department employs about two dozen full-time employees, including firefighters, administrators and staff. It also employs about 30 paid on-call firefighters.
From the Star Tribune's Point of Sale blog: startribune.com/pointofsale