CVTC solicits bids for new fire training facility
Posted: July 19, 2013
The Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire this week received bids for an estimated $1.9 million Fire Training Center to be developed next to its existing three-story Burn Tower on the 160-acre CVTC West Campus.
According to CVTC Executive Director of Facilities and Community Relations Doug Olson, the construction project is expected to begin soon so that the facility is operational by early December - in time for the school's second semester.
"The building will be approximately 6,500 square feet. There will be a burn room with 40-foot high ceilings and an observation room for students to see what's going on. The room will allow for us to burn fires up to 2,000 degrees, which is an intensity that makes this a unique facility. In fact, this will be one of only two facilities in the country with this level of heat intensity indoors," said Olson.
The Fire Training Center will cater to both program students and several hundred continuing education students from paid and volunteer departments, including firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
The project will be paid for by the CVTC Foundation and the L.E. Phillips Foundation. "No tax dollars will be used for this project," said Olson.
Market & Johnson is the general contractor. River Falls-based Frisbie Architects is the architect for the project. Retired Eau Claire Battalion Chief Kim Nessel is a consultant for the new building. TBL