Sod turned for new Thorndale fire hall
Sod turned for new Thorndale fire hall
May 30, 2017
St. Marrys Journal Argus
Article by: Stew Slater
 
New fire hall for Thorndale

From left: Thames Centre’s Director of Community Services and Facilities Mike Henry, Thorndale Deputy District Fire Chief Wes Fox, Thorndale District Fire Chief Ken Armstrong, Aveiro Construction Senior Estimator Conor Downe, Thames Centre Councillor Alison Warwick, Thames Centre Mayor Jim Maudsley, Aveiro Construction owner Victor Aveiro, Thames Centre Councillors Kelly Elliott and Jennifer Coghlin, and Thames Centre Fire Chief Randy Kalan. - Stew Slater, St. Marys Journal Argus

THORNDALE — When the Municipality of Thames Centre made the decision to upgrade its fire station in Thorndale, councillors agreed they wanted both to ensure the facilities for volunteer firefighters met up-to-date standards, and ensure as much as possible of the work constructing those facilities would be completed by tradespeople from within the community.
 
On Wednesday, May 24 during an official sod-turning for a brand new district station serving Thorndale and area, Mayor Jim Maudsley praised the committee of Council which is overseeing the project for accomplishing both those goals.
 
On hand for the sod-turning were senior leaders of the Thames Centre and Thorndale District fire departments, representatives from the Dorchester-based company which won the contract to build the new fire hall, senior administrators from the municipality, and the members of that Council committee: Alison Warwick, Jennifer Coghlin, and local Thorndale representative Kelly Elliott.
 
The Thorndale district department has, for decades, been operating out of a shared building close to downtown, at which quarters had become cramped and firefighters are required to carefully manoeuvre firefighting vehicles into and out of the bays. A space within the building had also been set aside over the past several years for a small office serving the Middlesex County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
 
Now, following the unanimous approval of recommendations made by the fire hall committee — which also included representatives from the municipality’s police services board and fire department — the downtown building will be sold and the new fire hall will be constructed on a municipality-owned property on the eastern edge of the village. The property is already home to Thorndale’s water tower. And, up until several weeks ago when the building was demolished, it also was the site of a no-longer-in-use municipal public works shed and yard.
 
Eight contractors bid on the construction project. In April of this year, the contract, at a value of $1.7 million, was awarded to Aveiro Construction — the owner of which, Victor Aveiro, actually lives in Thorndale.
 
It’s expected the new fire hall will represent a vast improvement on the facility now in use downtown. Vehicles will no longer have to be backed into the hall after use; there will be ample space and three double-length drive-through bays with doors on each side of the building to allow for pulling through frontwards when returning to the hall.
 
The 8,900-square-foot building will include a meeting room, plus a larger replacement office for the OPP to continue being able to stop in and fill out paperwork or complete computer duties while in the north end of the municipality. Also on site will be a generator that will also serve the adjacent water tower.
 
And importantly, said Warwick when she addressed the official sod-turning audience, Aveiro Construction has committed to utilizing as many local tradespeople as possible when subcontracting work on the building.
 
“We are very thankful for the support,” said Thames Centre Fire Chief Randy Kalan. “We’re very confident this facility will not only meet our needs of today, but also meet our needs of tomorrow.”