Fire Station 203 (Cameron Mills) Project

Page updated on Jun 18, 2021 at 3:25 PM

The City of Alexandria has officially completed the replacement project for Station 203, which was originally built in 1948. The new station is a two-story structure measuring approximately 15,000 square feet. The construction project began in spring 2019, and first responders returned to the facility in March 2021. The up-to-date facility provides better support for modern fire/EMS apparatus, equipment and operations. 

Fire Station 203 Image

Project Description

This project funds the demolition and replacement of Fire Station 203, located in the Beverly Hills area of the City of Alexandria. This facility was built in 1948 and is no longer adequate to support modern fire and EMS apparatus, equipment, and operations. The new fire station will be a 15,000 square feet, two-story structure with two and a half operational bays to house an engine, a medic, administrative units, and all required personnel; as well as having the capacity for special service units. 

Virtual Tour of Station 203

Due to the safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City’s stations remain closed to the public. Take a virtual tour of the new Station 203 to view the equipment bays and amenities for fire staff who live on-site during their 24-hour shifts.

Project Background

The project DSUP was approved on March 18, 2017 and design has continued to 100%. Concurrently, the Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) for Fire Station 203 recommended Dustin Construction for the CMR contract on 12/14/2017. Dustin’s cost proposal is a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) with an all-inclusive fixed amount for the temporary station, demolition, and new construction of the permanent fire station. Actual costs are also known for items such as A/E Fees and Project Management Support.

Construction began Spring 2019 and is phased as follows (as of September 2019):

  • Temporary Fire Station Construction and Occupancy - Anticipated by November 1, 2019
  • Current Fire Station 203 Demolition - Anticipated Start Date of November 1, 2019
  • Construction of new Fire Station 203 and Occupancy - Anticipated Start Date of December 1, 2019
  • Temporary Fire Station Demolition - Spring 2021
  • Final Site Work/Parking - Spring/Summer 2021

Construction Impacts

The Fire Station 203 project consists of erecting a temporary facility to house 6-8 Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) staff, one fire engine, and one medic unit for the duration of the construction project. In the next phase, the existing firehouse will be demolished and the new facility consisting of 15,000 square feet will be constructed on the same site. Finally, the temporary facility will be removed, and site development completed.

Construction Impacts to the daily life:

  • Fire station maintains response time: Maintaining operations from the temporary apparatus bay and residential quarters.
  • Maintain safety-control and security: Erecting barriers/fences, install “Jersey” barriers to address pedestrian and vehicular traffic conflicts and access, and protect patrons from the construction areas.
  • Be a good Neighbor by being sensitive to the environment and daily life-Minimize disturbance, limit debris in streets, dust, and water runoff control measures, adhere to the City’s Noise Ordinance- Silt fences, wash rack area, trash pick-up, and street cleaning.
  • Parking: Contractor, community, and fire station staff parking addressed.
  • Traffic/construction deliveries control: Established truck/deliveries route to minimize disturbance/ intrusion into the neighborhood, limit side walk and street work

Construction Updates

Temporary Fire Station Construction

Utility Work - August 16, 2019

The temporary Washington Gas line and Dominion Energy Virginia underground installation on Pierpont Street to the temporary fire station were completed. Road closures for sewer work on Monticello Boulevard are tentatively schedule to begin October 7, 2019. A notice is being sent to the surrounding community regarding the closures.

On October 16, 2019, a community meeting will be held at Fire Station 203 to provide project updates. 

Utility Work - July 23, 2019

Work is just beginning on the temporary fire station on Pierpont Street.  In the coming weeks, a temporary sewer line connection will be made near the intersection of Pierpont and Monticello Blvd. To do this work, one lane of traffic along Monticello will be closed to allow excavation and pipe installation. This is a new sewer line that may take up to two weeks to complete, however it will not have any effect on your existing sewer service.

The temporary station also requires a new gas line.  This work will be located on Pierpont Street a few yards north of the fire station construction site.  See the attached community letter for more location information. Pierpont Street is already closed to thru traffic but the neighbors in the immediate vicinity may need to use other nearby parking spaces during this installation. Washington Gas predicts the line installation and street repair work will be done in 1-2 days and will nothave any effect on your existing gas service.

The two utility projects are planned to occur on the following dates:

  • Sewer Line (Monticello Blvd) - tentatively begins August 19 - 23, 2019
  • Gas Line (Pierpont St) - tentatively begins August 3 - 8, 2019.

Finally, an extension of electric service connecting underground to the trailer is also being planned with Dominion Electric.  Dominion will notify you prior to doing that work to include information on power outage, if any. 

Temporary Fire Station Updates - July 3, 2019

Site work continues to accommodate the temporary fire station which was delivered on June 6, 2019. The temporary apparatus bay is anticipated to be delivered late July 2019. Installation of a gas line and utilities for the temporary station will occur in August 2019. Additional information and potential impacts will be available soon.

The temporary fire station will be ready for occupancy in late August 2019 and demolition of the current Fire Station 203 will begin soon after. 

Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 22, 2019

FS203 Groundbreaking Ceremony

In attendance shown left to right:  City Manager Mark Jinks, Councilwoman Redella “Del” Pepper, Councilwoman Amy Jackson, Mayor Justin Wilson, Fire Chief Robert Dube, Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, Councilman Mo Seifeldein, Councilman John Chapman, Deputy City Manager Debra Collins, General Services Director Jeremy McPike and Assistant Fire Chief Corey Smedley

FS203 Site Signage

Construction site signage

Temporary Fire Station Updates – May 23, 2019

Site work to accommodate the temporary fire station continues and is anticipated to be completed in time for the delivery of the trailers at the end of May 2019. Tree cutting will be taking place May 23 -25 2019. The temporary fire station will be ready for occupancy in August 2019 with demolition of the existing Fire Station 203 to begin soon after. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for June 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Pierpont Street Closure - April 15, 2019  

The first phase of the project, construction of the temporary fire station, is set to begin on April 15, 2019 with the closing of Pierpont Street. Pierpont Street will be the site for the temporary fire station and the street will remain closed for the duration of the project. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for June 2019.

Community Meetings

An extensive community outreach program aimed at those that would be most affected by this project began in FY2016 and concluded in the Fall of 2018. Presentations for each meeting can be found below. 

Community Meeting October 8, 2018

Community Meeting August 30, 2018

Community Meeting December 15, 2016

Community Meeting November 14, 2016

Community Meeting March 31, 2016

Project Contact Information

Any questions or concerns may be direct to the project manager:

Adrian King, Capital Projects Manager

Department of General Services, City of Alexandria, VA