Sandy Springs hires architect to design new fire station

Sandy Springs will employ Hussey Gay Bell to design Fire Station No. 5 at 7800 Mt. Vernon Road. The firm has already designed Fire Station No. 2 (shown here). (Courtesy Hussey Gay Bell)

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Sandy Springs will employ Hussey Gay Bell to design Fire Station No. 5 at 7800 Mt. Vernon Road. The firm has already designed Fire Station No. 2 (shown here). (Courtesy Hussey Gay Bell)

The Sandy Springs City Council recently approved a $289,885 contract with Hussey Gay Bell to design a new fire station in the city’s panhandle. In February, the city council approved the purchase of land at 7800 Mt. Vernon Road for Fire Station No. 5 with the goal to improve response times.

Hussey Gay Bell was selected to design, prepare construction documents, permit and oversee construction for Fire Station No. 2 at 135 Johns Ferry Road through a competitive bid process, where the firm was determined to be the most qualified and the lowest cost for the services of the shortlisted group.

The city’s purchasing policy allows a sole source procurement when advantageous. By utilizing the same firm for both projects, the city can take advantage of Hussey Gay Bell’s low fees by extending the design and contract administration services to both fire stations even though they will create a new design for Fire Station No. 5.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the project during community meetings held as part of the zoning process.