The Cooper County Ambulance District will be moving into new headquarters in late 2019.
Of the three plans Architect Jay Berenzden with Porter, Berenzden and Associates P.C. presented to the Cooper County Ambulance District weeks ago, the site plan for study A was chosen for the 9,000 square-foot building expected to cost about $1.5 million. Expenses will be funded through sales tax and patient revenue, to build.
The $1.5 million cost does not include the land purchase. The board met in executive session Tuesday night to discuss land locations and whether it would be more feasible to buy or lease. The cost to construct the building, without factoring in the consultant fee or anything else, would total about $1.2 million.
The board asked for a few revisions, and those changes were presented and accepted Tuesday night.
Ambulance District Manager Kevin Swartz said there was no need to look at the other options, because study A met the district’s needs and gave it a thumbs up.
Board Consultant Brenda Campbell said building a new, larger facility has been discussed for about two years. The current site is leased at Main Street and Bingham Road.
Campbell said the board anticipates the facility could be completed by the third quarter of 2019.
Under the plan, the new facility would include three 60-foot bays totaling 4,200 square feet, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a training room and three administrative offices with two restrooms and an entryway.
Dennis Paul, president of Septagon Construction, said the building should be made of brick. “If we are going to do it, I would want to do real masonry,” he said.
The metal roof would have a life expectancy of about 20 years. “This will probably not have any equipment on the roof,” Paul said, adding the cooling and heating could come from the side of the building. “Less roof penetration is a good thing,” he said.
The 1,000-square-foot mezzanine or entrance canopy is expected to cost $40,000, and the initial design calls for an enclosed patio.
The building would have one wider entrance, but district officials discussed the possibility of an additional entrance for ambulance workers.
Paul said the $1.5 million cost is just an estimate, as the engineering will determine the price.
He said, if he had to guess, the $1.5 million cost could be lower.
Paul thinks the design stage of the project could be done by either November or December.
“When the consultants get lined up, we can start on dates of completion and everything,” he said.