Construction Begins This Week
Construction on a new joint Austin Fire Department (AFD) and Austin-Travis County Emergency Services (ATCEMS) station is beginning in Southwest Austin. AFD Station 51/ATCEMS Station 38 is the second to be constructed as part of the Council-approved five new high priority Fire/EMS stations, per Council Resolution 20180524-035. These stations will improve emergency response time throughout the communities they serve.
Construction on this $9.6 million project is expected to be completed in approximately one year by mid-summer 2021.
Features of this 15,000 square foot building include:
- Four public safety vehicle bays
- Two-storied main building, first story for vehicle bays
- Fuel station for City vehicles
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Silver Rating
- Ten Dorm Rooms: (ATCEMS:4; AFD:6)
- Training Tower for AFD
- Traditional Sliding Pole
- Fire wise, drought tolerant landscaping
Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Located at 5410 West US Hwy 290 Service Rd., this station will serve multiple areas in Southwest Austin including the Travis Country neighborhood along Southwest Parkway.
District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis welcomed the start of this much needed project. “The City is delivering on its promise of five stations in five years by starting on the second station right on time in June 2020. This station is a welcome addition to District 8 where it will not only reduce emergency response times but also become part of the community as first responders tend to do.”
Public Works Director Richard Mendoza echoed those sentiments. "Public Works is honored to be managing the design and construction of the five high priority stations,” said Mendoza. “The dedication of the project team to deliver another high caliber project on schedule and on budget is demonstrated in the start of this Fire and EMS station as promised. I look forward to this station’s opening next summer."
The development and construction of all five new AFD/ATCEMS stations are being managed by the City’s Public Works Department’s capital project delivery team. Each year, Public Works helps the City design and deliver millions of dollars’ worth of vertical and horizontal capital projects all around the city.
For more information on this project and other station projects, visit www.atxpublicsafetyprojects.com.