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New ambulance station being constructed in Meridian

Ada County Paramedics is building a much needed new ambulance station in Meridian.

The 3,246-square-foot building is being constructed near the intersection of Linder and Ustick roads, and will include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, report writing room, day room and a single-vehicle bay. It will alleviate crowding at the Meridian fire station on Ten Mile Road that for the past five years has housed both fire and EMS personnel.

Construction will begin in early December and is scheduled to wrap up in April 2011.

The general contractor is KJ Corporation, and the architect is McKibben & Cooper, both of Boise.

Doug Cooper, principal at McKibben & Cooper, said the new facility will incorporate energy efficient features and a sustainable design with the use of a solar hot water system, high level of insulation, south facing windows and a passive heating system. Building materials have a recycled component to them, and outside landscaping is drought resistant, with low water use.

Construction costs are $790,000. Ada County Paramedics Director Troy Hagen said it is being paid for through a combination of user fees and taxes, and won’t require additional borrowing or financing.

“This is an excellent location for current and future growth projections in Meridian and the surrounding area,” Hagen said.

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Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.

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