Council Awards Firehouse Construction Contract

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne City Council awarded the construction contract for Bayonne’s new South Harbor Fire Station to PEC RM, LLC, at the Council meeting held on May 16. The value of the contract is $2,894,028. Previously, the City Council rejected three rounds of bids for the construction project, because the amounts all came in over budget. Public Safety Director Jason O’Donnell said, “The City negotiated with PEC RM to allow the project to start construction and come in under the budget estimate.”

Due to the location of the construction site on land that was reclaimed from New York Bay, it will be necessary to drive piles into the soil to support the building before the main construction phase can begin. At its meeting held on January 18, 2012, the Council awarded a related contract for pile-driving to Simpson and Brown of Cranford, N.J., for $186,500. That company handles construction on both dry land and at harborside locations. O’Donnell is “hopeful” that the piling work will start within two weeks. The pile-driving will be followed by the construction of the fire station itself. O’Donnell said that the pile-driving is “essential for stabilizing the completed building.” “We’re trying to build a fire station that will last 100 years,” he said.

The construction was made possible by a federal grant of $3.56 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s fire station construction grant program. That legislation was President Obama’s economic recovery package, which was passed in 2009.

Construction was delayed by a number of environmental issues that caused changes in the fire station’s design, and by the procurement process.

South Harbor Fire Station will replace a temporary, tented firehouse. The new structure will be the successor to the former Military Ocean Terminal Fire Station, the Constable Hook Fire Station, and the 34th Street Fire House.