(Victor Valley)– – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today awarded a contract to design a new fire station for Spring Valley Lake and set aside more than $2.6 million to complete the project.
“This new fire station will replace the ‘temporary’ facility at Spring Valley Lake that has been there for more than 20 years,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “Our firefighters and paramedics will have a modern, state-of-the-art facility to provide the best possible service to the residents of Spring Valley Lake and Victorville. And we will save taxpayers money by taking advantage of a standardized design.”
The $210,091 contract was awarded to STK Architecture, Inc. to design the Spring Valley Lake station and provide construction management services. At the same time the Board of Supervisors established a budget for the project of $2,625,000.
STK Architecture has nearly completed the design for a new station in Needles, and it was determined that the same design could be easily modified for Spring Valley Lake. The County Fire Department plans to use the design for future stations where appropriate, resulting in significant savings.
The 6,000-square-foot facility will include an apparatus bay for housing two engines, sleep rooms, restrooms, an exercise room, lobby, kitchen and dining areas. The new station is to be located at Huerta and Tamarisk roads at a more accessible location that will provide for quicker response times.
Funding for the project comes from the federal government’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which provides funding to counties with large areas of federal land to partially offset the cost of providing services. When Congress fully funded the program for five years as part of a 2008 budget agreement, Supervisor Mitzelfelt recommended, and his colleagues agreed, that the additional money, approximately $1 million per year, would be set aside for fire stations in the desert.
The project is expected to go to construction by late summer or early fall of this year and be completed around fall of 2013.