Allendale Fire Station 100% Operational After Back-In Ceremony
ALLENDALE, MI – On Monday, February 13th, the Allendale Fire Department ceremoniously pushed the first fire truck into the apparatus bay of their new fire station.
Allendale Fire Chief Mike Keefe explains, “Back in the old days when they had horse and carriage, they would have to disconnect the horses from the carriage, or the fire truck as they called it back then, and they had to push it into the fire station.” Chief Keefe announced the new fire station is officially 100% operational after pulling the rest of the fire trucks into the apparatus bay.
The new 22,781-square-foot facility, constructed by Erhardt, will provide 24-hour service to Allendale Charter Township, Grand Valley State University, and surrounding areas. Jeff Vegter, Erhardt’s Superintendent, stated, “The owners were great to work with, and it was an honor to manage a project that provides essential services to Allendale residents.”
Allendale Fire Station Features
The new fire station consists of two stories. The first floor includes a reception area, staff offices, storage rooms, and a training room. The second level features men’s and women’s locker rooms, bunk rooms, a kitchen, an exercise room, and a balcony overlooking the apparatus bay where the fire trucks are parked and maintained. “The final product turned out great! From the paint colors in the apparatus bay to the exterior brick colors, it is a sharp-looking fire station and a project I am proud to have been involved in,” adds Vegter
Front of New Allendale Fire Station
The West Michigan Whitecaps shared an update on the LMCU Ballpark’s massive renovation project Tuesday. “Our Ballpark Modernization project is still going strong, and our friends at Erhardt Construction Company are making incredible progress!”
The planned expansion will add more bathrooms, concessions stands, an elevator, and additional viewing areas to the northwest corner of Lubbers Stadium. Grand Rapids-based Erhardt Construction has been tapped as the construction manager for the project.
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored West Michigan’s finest projects in its annual Excellence in Construction Awards (EIC) on Sept. 21, 2023. The EIC Awards are all about celebrating the jaw-dropping projects brought to life by ABC Western Michigan chapter members.