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NCFPD approves Station 4 design-build, environmental contracts

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

A pair of 5-0 North County Fire Protection District board votes Nov. 14 approved contracts involving the new NCFPD Station 4 in Pala Mesa.

One board action approved a $724,675 contract with TELACU Construction Management for design and pre-construction services. The board also approved a $103,723.99 contract with Rincon Consultants, Inc., for environmental documentation services.

Station 4 in the 4300 block of Pala Mesa Drive was constructed as a temporary facility in 1979. A full station replacement is needed to meet the increasing service demands along the Interstate 15 corridor and the greater Pala Mesa region.

NCFPD staff considered both the current site and sharing a county-owned site near the intersection of State Route 76 and Interstate 15. A combination of grant funding opportunities and the county’s timeline to develop the property led to the decision to build the new fire station on the current site.

A March 28 NCFPD board action authorized district staff to execute a contract with Erickson-Hall Construction for construction management services on a new Station 4 and directed NCFPD staff to allocate a capital facility reserve account in the fiscal year 2023-24 preliminary budget for debt servicing of the Station 4 construction.

The 2023-24 budget adopted by a Sept. 26 board action includes $1,268,100 for the design phase of Station 4.

The Erickson-Hall contract included issuing a request for statements of qualifications and a subsequent request for proposals by pre-qualified design-build companies. The proposal review included a review of overall build experience, experience of key design-build and architectural personnel, costs, proposed methods and strategy, and applicant interviews.

NCFPD staff recommended that the board award TELACU Construction Management, which is headquartered in Orange, the contract.

“They’re working with the district already on our Station 3 project,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds. “I’m very pleased that the district is continuing to contract with TELACU Construction. They’ve been a pleasure to work with.”

An April 25 NCFPD board action authorized a design-build contract with TELACU to replace Station 3 in Rainbow.

A guaranteed maximum price and schedule will be established following the completion of the design. Once the design is completed, NCFPD staff will ask the board for a contract amendment to include the guaranteed maximum price for actual construction.

The contract will be established on a cost plus fee basis with the guaranteed maximum price, and the contract will be structured so that all savings are returned to the fire district. The current estimated cost to replace Station 4 is $10,000,000.

The construction of the new fire station will be subject to California Environmental Quality Act review. If federal funding is used, the construction will also be subject to National Environmental Protection Act review. “We’ll be pursuing a federal grant to assist us with funding on the Station 4 project,” McReynolds said.

A request for proposals to conduct the CEQA/NEPA analysis was issued. NCFPD and Erickson-Hall staff identified Rincon Consultants, Inc., which is based in Carlsbad, as the preferred bidder.

“We’re looking forward to working with them,” McReynolds said.

An environmental study requires a public comment period and responses to all public comments and may be revised. The study is expected to be completed between April 2024 and October 2024.


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