Fire Station No. 8 Replacement

Location

4845 Langston Blvd, Arlington, VA 22207  View Map

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Status

Construction

Construction on the new Fire Station 8 building is nearly complete. The Fire Department will move into the new station in spring 2024 after the commissioning of the building's systems and final site work. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday, and some Saturday work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Following the Fire Department move-in, crews will start Phase 2, which includes installation of the underground gasoline and diesel storage tanks, demolition of the temporary apparatus bay, building the parking lot, and landscaping adjacent areas.

About the Project

For more details about the 2015 Fire Station 8 Public Process, including relevant documents and meeting materials, visit the archived project page.

In September 2015, and after a rigorous public process to identify new sites for Fire Station No. 8, the County Board appointed the Fire Station No. 8 Task Force and charged the group with reviewing these siting options for a replacement station. The Task Force held several meetings and ultimately recommended building a new four-bay station in the location of the existing station at 4845 Langston Boulevard. In July 2016 the County Board accepted the Task Force recommendation and voted to build a new Fire Station No. 8 at its current location.

In January 2017, the County Board approved the acquisition of three parcels to use as a temporary location for Fire Station No. 8, while the new one is being built. The parcels, located at 2211, 2215 and 2217 N. Culpeper Street, are immediately adjacent to the existing station – this keeps the station in the same general area and affords minimal disruption in fire operations.

Combining the acquired parcels with the existing fire station site will offer efficiency and cost savings in construction of both the temporary and new permanent station. The temporary location is expected to include temporary engine bay structures on the 2211 and 2215 parcels and the living quarters will be located in the existing 2217 N. Culpeper Street building.

The Fire Station No. 8 History and Legacy (FS8HL) working group was established in January 2018 and charged to develop and recommend strategies to recognize, emphasize and honor the history and legacy of the Hall’s Hill/High View Park Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Station No. 8. The findings of the working group are available online.

Construction Timeline

May - June 2022: Demolition of the previous fire station
Summer 2022 - Spring 2024: Phase 1 construction of the new building
Spring 2024: Fire Department starts operating from the new building
Summer 2024: Phase 2 completion (exterior work, removal of temporary apparatus bays)

Construction Activity Updates

Winter 2024: Most of the interior finishes were completed at the end of 2023. Crews neared the end of Phase 1 activities, including installing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.

Fall 2023: The brickwork on the exterior of the building was completed. Crews installed the exterior metal panels, water main, the gas line, and worked on the stormwater vaults and traffic signal. Inside the building, crews installed the ceiling grid, lighting, mechanical grilles, sprinkler heads, and flooring.

Summer 2023:The contractor installed the brick façade, interior drywall, and stairwell guardrails, and laid the gas, water, and sewer lines from the building to the street. Installation of the exterior windows and solar panels on the roof were completed. Construction of the stormwater detention systems and the addition of the apparatus bay doors and exterior metal panels occurred in July.

Spring 2023: Crews enclosed the building, completed the roofing, and installed windows and the green roof. Work continued on the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in.

Winter 2023: Work on enclosing the building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in. Installation of block walls, brickwork, metal studs, and insulation.

December 2, 2022: A topping out celebration was held to recognize the completion of the steel framing.

November 2022: Installation of the steel columns, beams and second floor metal decking.

September – October 2022: Crews worked on the footings and foundation of the new Fire Station 8 structure and continued laying the underground piping for the building's electrical, plumbing, and other systems. They poured the floor concrete and laid some masonry.

August 2022: Crews worked on the foundation of the new structure, including digging for the building’s footings, setting reinforcing bar, and pouring the footings. After this, the foundation walls were poured. Crews also laid underground piping for the building’s electrical, plumbing, and other systems.

May – June 2022: Demolition on the Fire Station 8 structure began the week of May 2 and finished in June 2022.


About the Process

Public Process 

Public Facilities Review Committee Documents

Date Engagement/Feedback Documents
November 18, 2020 PFRC Meeting #6 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #6
December 11, 2019 PFRC Meeting #5 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #5
October 16, 2019 PFRC Meeting #4 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #4
September 18, 2019 PFRC Meeting #3 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #3
June 26, 2019 PFRC Meeting #2 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #2
May 1, 2019 PFRC Meeting #1 Presentation: Arlington County Fire Station #8, Meeting #1

 

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Funding

Funding identified in the 2019-2028 CIP and provided through other various funding sources.