So far, so good. That was the progress report last week as concrete footings were poured at the new Bayview Fire Station. Cement trucks ran in an orderly procession as the weather cooperated beautifully.  After years of anticipation, the complex project’s first month ran smoothly. The building is now on the fast track, as completion of one step is immediately followed by another.

“We couldn’t be happier with how things are unfolding,” said Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer. “We appreciate the support of the neighborhood. They may expect things to be fairly quiet on the weekends, as crews anticipate working four 10-hour days at this time.”

 Key principles of the team responsible for the project, including representatives from South Whidbey Fire/EMS, have started meeting at the site every other Monday to review progress with discussions that often include a series of acronyms like AR (Architectural Revision), RFI (Request for Information), and COP (Change Order Proposal).

These meetings also include updates on any safety or scheduling concerns. Last week, the discussion focused primarily on a special decontamination area for firefighters to be located within the new station.