Yarmouth Fire Hall upgrades and other important infrastructure projects moving forward safely despite COVID-19 crisis.
Friday, May 1st, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S. – The Town of Yarmouth has awarded a tender package for second floor renovations of the Yarmouth Fire Hall. The tender, which closed April 23rd, was advertised provincially on the Nova Scotia procurement website and awarded to Garian Construction of Yarmouth who submitted the low bid of $858,470.
Work at the hall will begin soon. The focus will be placed on second floor renovations, spray fire proofing, and life safety upgrades. The second floor will receive a major washroom upgrade including a barrier-free washroom and the hall will be equipped with a new kitchen and bar. A new HVAC system will be installed and considerable finish work will be completed throughout the space.
A number of safety improvements are also planned that will get the upper level up to code. Extensive fire spray proofing will be completed which involves spraying the underside of the steel structure and deck to provide a fire rating between the lower and upper floor. Other safety improvements include exit stair construction being brought to code, including fire rating and railings. Finally, fire separations will be applied to walls, and emergency lighting will be installed.
Garian Construction President Ian McNicol had the following to say about taking on the project.
“All of us here at Garian Construction are very proud and fortunate to have been chosen to complete this large renovation, especially during these difficult times. This building has hosted many events over the years so we are also very pleased this will soon be available for our community again! A day is coming soon when self distancing won’t apply and this facility will be ready for it.”
Town of Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood also expressed excitement about the project and pointed to the importance of keeping infrastructure projects moving forward.
“Seeing the fire hall and other projects get underway and completed is exciting, especially given all the challenges brought upon us by COVID-19,” said Mood. “Some of the work takes a bit longer and requires more care with rules for physical distancing, but we are seeing the work get done in a safe manner. These projects help keep people working and provide improvements within our town that we can all look forward to being completed as this crisis comes to an end.”
All work for this initial project is scheduled to be completed over a five-month timeframe. However, COVID-19 regulations around construction work may see the project extended.
Other key infrastructure projects have also moved forward despite challenges posed by COVID-19. While ensuring all COVID-19 safety protocols around construction work are closely adhered to by both Town of Yarmouth staff and contractors, the Town of Yarmouth has been able to keep crews working. As the province and town begin to slowly emerge from the crisis, a number of noticeable improvements will have taken place.
Here’s a quick summary:
Glebe Street Garage/Parking Lot (located directly behind Town Hall) – This project is necessary to extend the useful life of the concrete structure beneath the parking lot. To date, the contractor has removed asphalt for engineer assessment of the structure and to inspect the top of the slab for possible deterioration. A waterproofing membrane will be installed to prevent the water infiltration which had been occurring. Repairs to columns and concrete slab, both underside and top, will be made and new doors and lighting will be installed creating a valuable storage and work area for the Town. The contractor will remobilize later in May as warmer weather is needed to complete remaining work, including laying down new asphalt.
Ferry Terminal “Package #1” - Demolition and Roofing – As previously announced, this project was awarded to Graham Construction of Yarmouth. Demolition of the old gangway and stevedore building have been completed and crews have made great progress with roof repairs (5 roofs in total). Ferry Terminal “Package #2”, which will focus on the main building envelope, is currently in the drawing review phase and will go out to tender by mid-May.
Lake Milo Boathouse – This renovation is being completed by another local contractor, Delmar Construction. Great progress has been made on this project which consists primarily of updating the washrooms and all fixtures, and adding a barrier-free washroom. Demolition is complete and new walls have been framed. At this time, mechanical and electrical work is taking place.
Glebe Street Sewer Separation Project - This is primarily a sewer separation project, replacing a 100-year-old combined sewer system with separate storm and sanitary services. The upgrade will enable clean rain water to go directly to an outfall, and not be sent to the sewer treatment plant, making it a green project. The pipe will be sized properly in order to allow the sewer separation of Parade Street which will be completed in 2021 as Phase 2 of the project. The traffic lights on Main Street and Parade Street will also be replaced under this contract. This project is out for tender on the Nova Scotia Procurement website.
Important Note re: construction work and social distancing/Covid-19 safety
As part of the Contractor's Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) the Contractors are required to provide safe work procedures for Covid-19 protocol and social distancing. Both the Nova Scotia Construction Association and the Canadian Construction Association are very active in providing support to their members.