The new fire station marks the first time in 10 years that TVF and R has added a station

TIGARD - Officials will break ground Tuesday, March 18, at the site of the future 11,700-square-foot Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue fire station on Walnut Street in Tigard.

The ceremony begins at noon. Members of the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Board of Directors, TVF and R staff and city of Tigard officials will be in attendance. The public is invited to attend.

The TVFR board recently awarded a construction contract to First Cascade Corporation of Lake Oswego for the new fire station. The winning bid was $2,744,535 for the station to be built at 12585 SW Walnut Street in Tigard.

'We're extremely pleased with this bid because it was so close to the estimate staff had put together,' said board President Clark Balfour. Directors approved the contract at their regular meeting on Feb. 26.

The building, which was designed by Peck Smiley Ettlin of Portland, will feature an over-sized community room for neighborhood group meetings, and it will partly be funded by the city of Tigard, which has joined with TVF and R on the project.

A portion of the 3.3-acre lot not used by the fire station will have an enlarged parking lot to accommodate visitors to the community room. The parking lot will also provide public access to Jack Park, which abuts the property to the north.

The building will utilize many energy-saving techniques. TVF and R expects the new station to earn a gold level certification from LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system.

The new Walnut Street fire station, designated as Station 50, will serve citizens in north Tigard and the east side of Bull Mountain in unincorporated Washington County.

'Due to rapid growth, our response times to those neighborhoods from our existing stations have increased to over eight minutes,' said Fire Chief Jeff Johnson.

TVF and R's response time goal is to have its first unit on scene within six minutes of being dispatched.

Chief Johnson added, 'We are a data-driven organization, and we will add a new fire station only when the data shows we need one.'

The new station marks the first time in 10 years that TVF and R has added a station.

Funding for the new station comes from a $77.5-million-dollar bond program that fire district voters approved in 2006. The first project under that program was the upgrade and expansion of the Brockman Road Station 66 in South Beaverton, which was completed in December 2007.

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