Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner along with city administration, city council, engineers, architects and current and Levelland Fire Fighters joined with community members this morning to break ground on the new Levelland Fire Station.
Mayor Pinner said the current station was “built in 1961 at a cost of $21,000 and was a state of the art facility in it’s day.” The current station was built in 60 days, today we “begin the process of building our new state of the art, $4 Million facility which will take an estimated 1 year to build.”
The land the new station will be built on was donated by Hockley County which owned the land that was used for many years to educate LISD students and “we are proud to continue to use the land for a public purpose.” said Mayor Pinner.
The new station will be designed by MWM Architects and Lee Lewis Construction will act as the builders for the project which is expected to go out for bid in early June and construction is expected to begin July 1. The new facility is set to open in Summer 2017. The new facility will house the Levelland Fire Department as well as the Emergency Communications Center which handles all 911 calls for Hockley County and dispatches all emergency calls in Hockley County and this region. In 2015 the team of 9 dispatchers handled 23,709 calls for service. Levelland Police Chief Toney Cowan said, this team is one of the most important parts of the Levelland Police Department, they are the first to handle a call and will be last to clear every call.
Lee Lewis, President of Lee Lewis Construction thanked the team of city administrators and support staff who have worked tirelessly on this project. We are showcasing some architectual renderings of what the new facility will look like at the end of this story.