Completion of the new fire station at the northeast corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road looks like it’ll be on time and under budget.

Township officials plan to host a ribbon cutting and public open house at the end of October — tentatively Oct. 27 for the ribbon cutting and Oct. 29 for the open house.

“We're pleased with the progress,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “The building looks fabulous. We get compliments on a regular basis. We're really right on time.”

Last November, the Township Board approved spending up to $4 million on the new fire station after staff proposed a $3.9 million project.

The project is currently coming in at $3.2 million.

The new station will serve both Spring Lake Township and Spring Lake Village.

Gallagher credits Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe and general contractor Clifford Buck for helping to keep costs down.

“We're pleased with the general contractor that's been working with us,” Gallagher said. “I'm very happy with the way it has come to pass to date. And that we're under budget and we expect that it will stay that way. We're very happy about that.

“When you're doing a large project, there are always concerns about some of the things that could come up,” Gallagher continued. “You never know what kinds of things you might find when you're doing a project.”

Gallagher said Sipe has done a masterful job overseeing the day-to-day construction details as they pertain to operations.

“I think that says a lot about him as the leader of the fire department and his knowledge base of construction,” Gallagher said.

Gallagher noted that it took a team effort to get the project completed on time and under budget, from Sipe to township leaders to the general contractor and architects Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.

Gallagher said the new LEED-certified building is energy efficient. Solar panels on the roof are expected to provide at least 50 percent of the facility's power needs.

“We do have net metering on the building,” Gallagher said. “If there's a time the solar panels are generating more than we're using, we would actually get a credit (electric) bill instead of a bill.”

Township Supervisor John Nash noted that the township sold the fire station on 148th Avenue for $359,000 and the former Township Hall/fire station for $350,000.

The township bonded for $3.5 million at a 3.4 percent interest rate for the project.

“No additional millage was asked for to build this building or will be asked for,” Nash said. “This beautiful building will serve our area for the next 50 years. Township officials took on the contractor role, responsibilities of coordinating the selection and purchase of the phone system, all the IT and the furniture, which saved additional dollars.”

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department will rent the eastern portion of the building for administrative work on the north side of the Grand River.

The building is scheduled to be completed by October 15, Nash said.

(2016 © Grand Haven Tribune)