This concept drawing provided by Washington Engineering and Architecture shows what Phase II of the Washington Fire Department’s training center will look like, once complete. The building, approximately 10,500 square feet in size, will be used for training and storage of fire equipment. The facility will be located on M.L. Unnerstall Drive near Vossbrink Drive and Highway 100 in the Heidmann Industrial Park west of the “live burn” tower.

The Washington administrations/operations committee recommended approval of a change order at the Washington Fire Training Center.

Ron Unnerstall with Washington Engineering & Architecture, P.C., highlighted the change order, in the amount of $6,100.16, Monday.

One change is to the fire alarm system, which will add fire alarm strobe lights in the restrooms and a fire alarm exterior waterproof strobe light, as well as a switch on the post indicating valve, which monitors the position of the shutoff valve to the sprinkler system.

Strobe lights in the restrooms is a code requirement that was overlooked and caught in review, Unnerstall said.

The exterior strobe light is not code requirement, but soon will be.

“The fire department thought it would be best to bring that building up to that code standard,” he told the committee.

Monitoring of the post indicator valve would be to ensure that it is in the correct position and has not been tampered with.

Those changes account for $2,263.14.

Adding Conduit

The second component of the change order is for the installation of underground conduit required by Ameren to provide three-phase power to the site. The order includes modifications to the existing underground conduit for the streetlights installed by Ameren for the city and allows for relocations of building service.

“When 353 put conduit in the industrial park, they put conduit in for three-phase and for single phase,” he explained. Single phase and three-phase conduit was run down ML Unnerstall Drive.

The existing conduit was installed to serve a street that originally was planned to go all the way through. In order to provide three-phase power to that site, one would have to put in a transfer switch, which would have cost the city nearly $50,000.

Adding the conduits, for $8,700, is in lieu of adding a transfer switch and brought the service cost down to about $23,000.

The conduit, which will work out of a junction box by Trilogy, is in addition to a line extension that has been approved by city council.

Power for single phase is supplied from the transformer that is feeding the streetlights for the fire training center.

Ameren will install the wire and three-phase transformer on the pad.

The total for that change order is $8,634.02.

Delete Requirement

The final change is to delete the requirement for a remote annunciator panel for the emergency generator to be located at the Public Safety Building at Fourth and Jefferson streets.

The fire department, in order to try to meet the future requirements of ISO is looking to monitor the generators, specifically the generators for transmitting signals, Unnerstall said.

However, the system can not be used through the entire city to monitor all generators because they have different manufacturers.

“We realized that this system on this generator will not be able to be used on probably half the generators we have in the city,” he said.

Other methods are being explored, including one “promising” method that would cost only about $500 in equipment.

The change adds $4,797, which brings the subtotal of the changes to $6,100.16.

If approved, the funds will be taken from the owner’s allowance, which would leave a $13,899.84 balance.

The city council will vote on the change order at a future meeting.