New fire station provided unique construction opportunities

When Tacoma’s new Fire Station No. 8 at 4911 South Alaska St. had its grand opening on Oct. 11, it was a triumph of construction, according to those who worked on the building.

John Korsmo Construction, Inc. of Lakewood completed construction of the $2.1 million project that included complete site preparation and construction of the 16,253-square-foot, multi-level fire station.

The building area breaks down as follows: Ground Floor – 6,682 square feet; Main Floor – 8,384 square feet; and Mezzanine – 1,187 square feet.

The building owner is the City of Tacoma.

Construction time was slightly less than 12 months.

The building presented several unique opportunities for construction excellence, according to Jeff Tiegs, vice president of operations at John Korsmo Construction and the project manager for the building.

The station included a mix of slab on grade, wood framing, open beam, pre-cast concrete and metal roofing.

It also includes a self-contained fuel station.

The fire station was the third built by John Korsmo Construction in the past four years.

The station was designed by Thomas Cook Reed Reinvald Architects (TCRR) of Tacoma.

Ron Thomas, president of TCRR, was the principal-in-charge for the design team.

Thomas Cook Reed Reinvald Architects with construction contract administration was Dave Seifert of BCRA Architects of Tacoma and George Jackson of the City of Tacoma.

Site supervision was done by Brian Isakson of John Korsmo Construction.

According to Jackson, the station is the critical element in modernizing fire protection and fire fighting for Tacoma’s east-central districts.

The new station is staffed by three fire and emergency medical units and is the new location of the South End Neighborhood Council’s office and meeting room.

Major subcontractors for the station include Paramount Electrical (Major Electrical Systems), Tacoma Plumbing and Heating (Mechanical Systems), Crescent Sheet Metal (HVAC), and Emerald Fire Protection (Sprinkler Systems).

John Korsmo Construction has been serving the Pacific Northwest for over 50 years.

As one of the leading general contracting firms in the region, John Korsmo Construc-tion specializes in medium and large size commercial, industrial and institutional building projects.

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