Groundbreaking set next week for firehouse

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Mehlville Fire Protection District’s new No. 4 firehouse will take place next week.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at 13117 and 13119 Tesson Ferry Road. The one-acre parcel, across the street from the existing No. 4 firehouse at 13106 Tesson Ferry Road, was purchased by the district in September for $800,000.

A contract to construct the new firehouse was awarded last month to Diestelkamp Construction Co. by the district’s Board of Directors.

Archimages of Kirkwood, selected by the board in December to provide architectural and engineering services to design the new firehouse, recommended the contract be awarded to Diestelkamp Construction.

The company’s base bid of $1,439,000 was the lowest of 14 submitted, and the board voted unanimously April 15 to accept Archimages’ recommendation.

The base bids ranged from Diestelkamp’s low bid to $1,646,818.

Archimages also provided design services for the district’s new No. 2 firehouse at 5434 Telegraph Road, which was completed last year. That one-story, energy-efficient firehouse has 6,554 square feet of space and three engine bays.

The new one-story, energy-efficient No. 4 firehouse will be similar in design to the No. 2 firehouse, but will be larger with roughly 8,500 square feet of space with three engine bays.

Some of the differences between the new No. 4 house and the recently completed No. 2 house include an additional sleeping room that was added for future expansion, a slightly expanded captain’s quarters, a decontamination room off the engine bay and a separate room for firefighters’ turnout gear.

Another change from the No. 2 house is the addition of a mezzanine, which will allow firefighters to perform training exercises inside the firehouse.