Westwood, MA – Nauset Construction and the town of Westwood recently celebrated the groundbreaking for Fire Station No. 2 located at 300 Washington Street. The new $6.8 million project will replace the existing outdated Islington Fire Station with a larger, state-of-the-art facility capable of servicing current and future demand growth associated with response-time goals, expanded town development, and increased transit activity. Demolition and clearing of the existing fire station and adjacent tennis court has begun and the project is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2016.
Designed by Dore & Whittier Architects, the new two-story, 11,100sf building will double the parking capacity from six spaces to 12. The first floor will house three apparatus bays, administration space, and building support, with dormitory areas, a standby room, kitchen, and living spaces located on the second floor.
The project’s scope of work will also include installation of new utilities and underground storm water management systems, in addition to construction of a retaining wall.
Paving and landscaping of the grounds will be provided, and guard rails and protective sports netting will be added to the retaining wall to prevent softballs and baseballs from the adjacent playing fields from damaging the building.
The ceremony was well-attended by State and local officials, community members and members of the project team, including State Senator Michael Rush and State Rep. Paul McMurtry, Board of Selectmen members Michael Walsh, Patrick Ahearn and Nancy Hyde, Tim Bonfatti of Compass Project Management and Anthony Papantonis, President of Nauset Construction.
“The Town of Westwood has a special opportunity at this time to replace an outdated building and replace it with an outstanding public safety facility,” said Hyde. “This new station, as well as the proposed new police station, are important and necessary upgrades to the town’s municipal facilities.”