After recently surmounting underground infrastructure issues, construction work on the North Metro Fire Rescue District Station 61 project is anticipated to wrap up within the next two months.
On Tuesday, the North Metro Fire Rescue District Board of Directors were updated on the rebuild effort for the site located at Midway Boulevard and Laurel Street.
“The latest schedule showed mid-November to move in and start running calls from there instead of our temporary location,” Deputy Chief Dave Anderson said.
The previous structure — which was built in 1956 and remodeled multiple times — was demolished in November 2021.
Anderson said the bulk of the remaining work is getting the place graded and ready for the concrete for the driveway.
The new building design will roughly double the previous square footage and add updated ventilation systems.
Other updates include decontamination zones, separate bunker gear storage areas and lighting efficiencies.
Roughly eight sun tunnels, similar to a vehicle sunroof, will be installed at the new station to minimize interior daytime lighting needs, Anderson explained.
The new building design also deletes a staircase to eliminate tripping hazards when firefighters rush to engines for emergency responses.
“Now it’s all one level living,” he said, adding the building will have “all of the efficiencies that come with a modern firehouse that we didn't have before,” Anderson said.
The extra square footage will also permit adding a Battalion Chief who oversees operations.
“Now we will have one on each side of town, in Broomfield and Northglenn,” Anderson said.
When completed the enhanced site will provide a beautiful anchor for South Midway Park, Anderson said.
Although relocating Station 61 was originally a possibility, Anderson expressed relief that maintaining the current site was successfully negotiated with Broomfield officials.
“People wouldn’t have wanted to see it go,” he said. “We’ve had good cooperation with the city to complete the project.”