South Whidbey Fire/EMS Commissioners took the next step in building the new Bayview fire station, and recently secured the services of GeoTest Services to oversee the special inspections and testing for the construction project. A local firm, it has offices in Oak Harbor, Arlington and Bellingham.

“Tests and inspections are critical and some involve significant coordination between the department, general contractor and subcontractors,” said Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer. “They are vital to the overall success of the project and are required by Island County and the State of Washington.”

As construction and logistics can vary, this part of the overall project is estimated to cost up to $30,000 and include over 160 tests.

Categories for tests and special inspections include earthwork, asphalt, concrete, and structural wood/lateral framing. Another special test is building air barrier/blower door testing which uses infrared thermography for checking air leakage and analysis.