The Buda Fire Department is getting an early start on learning the layout of the Municipal Complex. Firefighters are touring both buildings this week.
Chase Koory is the Job Site Superintendent for JE Dunn, the City’s general contractor. At the fire inspector’s request, Koory is giving tours to all of the firefighters with the Buda Fire Department.
“Generally during construction the fire marshal or a dedicated inspector is the only individual with the fire department to visit the facility before turning it over to the owner. In this case they want to bring their entire shift out to get a lay of the land before we open for business," said Koory.
“They are mainly here to look at what they need to watch for once the building is occupied. They are looking at their means of access and egress in case of an emergency."
The new Public Safety and Municipal Buildings sit on nine-and-a-half acres and that’s a lot of ground cover…
"It's a great idea to involve as many of the government entities as you can that are involved in your project," said Koory.
The new Public Safety and Municipal Buildings sit on 9 and a half acres and that’s a lot of ground cover…
“Both buildings have wet fire sprinkler systems. Those have to be accessible and the fire department needs to know where the main valves and fire department connections are for those in both buildings.”
For Koory and his crew, safety and preparedness go hand in hand.
“It’s great to have the involvement of City staff, the police department, and fire department this early on in the game. It’s very helpful with the construction phase.”
Construction on both buildings is on schedule. The Public Safety Building is expected to open in October of this year and the new City Hall and Library will open in April of 2018.
You can watch the video version of this story here: Buda Fire Department Tours Municipal Complex