Invested in Safety: A New Fire Hall for Bowen Island
Read the latest news and older project updates about the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre project below.
Project update: January 13, 2021
Bowen Island Municipality has hired Liberty Contract Management (LCM) for design-build services for the new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre, slated to be built on Lot 3 of the Community Lands, off Miller Road.
Negotiation of a fixed-price contract with LCM comes after BIM issued a Notice of Intent to Direct Award, a process by which a local government informs contractors that it intends to negotiate a contract directly with a specified contractor (direct award), and without a competitive process. No objections were received from prospective proponents.
This process was chosen because the competitive tendering process in September 2019 returned unfavourable responses that were significantly higher than the available project budget. In the months since, the project design and scope was reviewed to bring it closer in line with the available budget. LCM demonstrated that they could meet the project scope with a reasonable increase to the budget and within Bowen Island Municipality’s timeline.
A referendum in 2017 approved borrowing of up to $3,000,000 for the construction of the new main Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on Lot 3 of the Community Lands - a cost estimated to increase taxes to the average property by $73 a year.
The revised total project cost for the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre building is anticipated to be $3,725,000. The additional funding required to complete the project will be funded from two municipal reserve funds - the Fire Building Replacement Reserve Fund and the General Capital Renewal and Replacement Reserve Fund. Since the additional funds are coming from reserve funds, the increase will not increase property taxes from the average $73 a year.
Next steps in the project are to secure a building permit, which staff will prioritize, and to break ground on construction. The anticipated occupancy of the new Fire Hall is late 2021.
Project update: October 15, 2020
In 2017, Bowen Island electors voted 82% in favour of borrowing $3,000,000 for the construction of a new main Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on Lot 3 of the Community Lands.
In September 2019, the tendering process returned unfavourable responses that were significantly higher than the available project budget.
A prospective contractor is able to meet the project scope with a reasonable increase to the budget and within Bowen Island Municipality’s timeline.
The revised total project cost for the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre building is anticipated to be $3,725,000. The additional funding required to complete the project will be funded from two municipal reserve funds, as described below.
|Approved borrowing by referendum||$3,000,000|
|Fire Building Replacement Reserve||$289,772|
|Capital Renewal and Replacement Reserve||$435,288|
|TOTAL FUNDING REQUIRED||$3,725,000|
BIM has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to sole source a contractor to build the new Fire Hall & EOC building. A NOI is a method by which a local government informs contractors that it intends to negotiate a contract over $50,000* directly with a specified contractor (direct award), and without a competitive process.*NOI’s may be posted for lesser amounts. The NOI can be viewed below or on BC Bid.
Following the NOI process, BIM will engage Liberty Contract Management, execute a construction contract and proceed with the building permit process. The anticipated occupancy of the building is Fall 2021.
Notice of Intent to Direct Award: Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre
Notice is given by Bowen Island Municipality of its intent to direct award a fixed price contract for the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre building to Liberty Contract Management Ltd.
Older project updates
An invitation to bid on the construction of the Bowen Island Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre was posted. The closing date and time was 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
- Architectural Drawings
- Addendum #1 (Architectural & Structural - July 11, 2019)
- Addendum #2 (Electrical - July 11, 2019)
- Addendum #3 (Mechanical, Landscape and Civil - July 15, 2019)
- Addendum #4 (Architectural - July 18, 2019)
- Addendum #5 (Architectural - July 22, 2019)
- Addendum #6 (Architectural - August 14, 2019)
- Addendum # 7 (Architectural - August 27, 2019)
- Addendum #8 (Architectural, St ructural, Mechanical and Civil - August 30, 2019)
- Addendum #9 (Mechanical, Electrical - September 5)
- Addendum # 10 (Architectural, Structural - September 6)
- Addendum # 11 (Architectural - September 9, 2019)
Calling local trades: are you interested in working on the Fire Hall project?
Bowen Island Municipality will be issuing tender documents for the construction of the new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre this July. If you are a sub-trade operating on Bowen Island, and are interested in working on the Fire Hall project, you can submit your information to be included in a list of local sub-trades in the tender documents.
Please note, submitting your information for this list does not guarantee that you will be contracted to work on the project. The general contractor who is successful in the tendering bid will have full discretion over the hiring of sub-trades.
Please provide the following by Wednesday, June 26th at 4:30 pm:
- Specialty (e.g. mechanical, electrical, millwork, etc.)
- Company name
- Contact person
- Phone number
- E-mail address
You can submit your information:
- By e-mail to Hope Dallas-Kerr, Corporate Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- By fax to 604-947-0193 (Attn: Corporate Officer)
May 13, 2019
Council received a staff report from the Corporate Officer providing an update on the Fire Hall project.
February 19, 2019
Council received a staff report from the Corporate Officer regarding an overview of the Fire Hall project direction and required next steps for advancing the project to the construction design phase. By resolution, Council authorized Johnston Davidson Architecture to proceed with working drawings and construction estimates as outlined in the report. Council also established a staff working group to oversee the project and to provide regular updates to the Fire Hall Facilities Steering Committee and to Council.
December 10, 2018
At a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 10, 2018, the Fire Hall Facilities Steering Committee (FHFSC) presented a project briefing and PowerPoint Presentation regarding the history of the Fire Hall and work of the FHFSC to-date. Kim Johnston and John Botelho, Johnston Davidson Architecture and Planning Inc. presented a PowerPoint Presentation providing an overview of the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre site plan, building plan, and planned building uses.
Preparation of the Fire Hall site on Miller Road began in January 2018 with the removal of trees and brush, and levelling the ground to get the site ready to build the new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre. Starting this work in early January ensures it doesn’t interfere with the beginning of heron and other birds’ nesting season. Because a portion of the Maple Trail crosses the site, it was closed. Metro Vancouver will be considering options for relocating that portion onto Crippen Park lands.
A referendum was held on August 19, 2017. We would like to thank the members of the community who came out and voted. Thank you, Bowen Island, for investing in safety with your vote.
Official results of the referendum
Bowen Island Municipality’s Deputy Chief Election Officer declared the results of the referendum, with 81% of ballot votes cast in favour of Bowen Island Municipal Council adopting Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 441, 2017.
Adoption of the bylaw will authorize Council to borrow up to 3 million dollars, repayable over a period of 30 years, for the development and construction of a new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on a portion of the Community Lands on Miller Road.
- A total of 965 ballots were cast. 81% voted “Yes” and 19% voted “No”.
- 68 ballots were cast by mail.
- 143 ballots were cast in the advanced poll.
- 754 ballots were cast on general voting day.
- The voter turnout was 32% of 3001 registered voters, which included resident and non-resident property electors.
Public Open Houses were held on March 25 and April 27, 2017 and June 10, 2017.
Last Updated on 2021-01-13 at 10:01 AM