Metro will break ground Thursday both on Fire Station 31 on Douglas Street behind Madison Square Street in Madison and on Station 3 on Meridian Avenue near Cleveland Street in East Nashville.
Mayor Karl Dean and Fire Chief Steve Halford will attend.
Two previous stations have been demolished and temporarily relocated while the new and energy efficient replacement facilities are erected on the existing properties. The project is part of a two-year, six-station $20 million capital improvement project that will replace six of the Nashville Fire Department’s aging stations and provide more functional and energy efficient stations to better serve the community, department officials said in a release.
Metro General Services will oversee the construction of the two civic buildings, projected to open in the summer of 2012. Messer Construction Company with Thomas, Miller & Partners are handling construction and design, respectively, of the new stations.
Engine Company 31 and Paramedic ambulance, Medic 31, are currently relocated to Station 38 on Larkin Springs Road and Engine 3 to Fifth and Fatherland. Ladder 3 is temporarily relocated to Station 39 on Dickerson Road. Once completed, the two stations will return to their new two-story station, which are being built with the capability of future expansion.
Application will be made for LEED Silver certification once completed. The stations will be built with environmentally friendly products and systems, including energy and water saving systems, building materials with recycled content and regionally produced products, as well as a construction waste recycling program.