Building Status

Construction of the Center Fire Station at 45 Farmers Row began in April, 2013.

The site will accommodate the Center Fire Station. The station will house administrative office for the fire department, EMS and Fire Operations and fire department equipment. The building will have two floors. It will incorporate operations work space, bunk and day-living space for personnel and training facilities, including a training staircase for ladder and smoke exercises. The facility will also incorporate 4 “double” bays with front and rear egress to enhance response time.

The construction site is a “hard hat” site. This means that the general public is not allowed into the construction area for safety reasons. Only authorized personnel, such as the general contractor, sub-contractors and inspectors, are allowed on the site. Authorized visitors must be escorted and wear a hard hat. The site has been fenced for this reason.

Erosion control has been installed to preserve the surrounding lands and retain soils and debris on the construction site[M1] . The site is watered frequently to minimize dust. Care is used to not disturb the surrounding environment and neighborhood.

Construction trailers have been installed on the site, providing offices and meeting space for construction personnel. These trailers house the amenities of a traditional office, including phones, fax, computers, internet connections and monitoring cameras. There is administrative work space to review oversized documents, such as building plans and specifications. One trailer is for the General Contractor, TLT, Inc.  The second trailer is for the use of the Town’s Project Manager, Architectural Consulting Group.

The general process of construction follows that the foundation is dug and poured, the frame of the building erected and then weather-proofed with walls and roof. That work is expected to be completed by Fall, 2013. The remaining work is the internal systems, such as plumbing and heating, internal wall construction and finish work. Landscaping and pavement will be among the last of the work.

A noticeable feature at the front of the site is a bio-retention pond. This is part of an intricate system of stormwater, snow melt and other water runoff control.   Site grading, swales and sub-surface drains all work together to control water.

It is expected that the construction will take approximately 13 months, and be completed by April-May, 2014. The Center Fire Station Building Committee monitors progress, approves payments and addresses appropriate issues. The Town Manager, assisted by the Town’s Project Manager, are involved on a daily basis, and meet formally with the general contractor on a weekly basis. Check the Town’s Public Meeting Calendar or send mail to to ask questions of the Building Committee.


Monitor the progress of construction! New construction photos are posted in the Photos folder located on the right-hand side of the page.

Center Fire Station Building Committee
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The Building Committee shall be appointed by the Town Manager, pursuant to Section 4-2(c) of the Town of Groton Charter. The Building Committee shall report to the Town Manager and facilitate the building of a new Center Fire Station for the Town of Groton. The Committee will assist and advise the Town Manager in the review of Architect proposals for a Site Analysis of the Lawrence Homestead Trust, and in the selection of a preferred lead Architect and associated contract negotiations.

The Committee will work with the retained Architect to deliver the Site Analysis which will include a capacity and site needs analysis, site evaluation, schematic drawings and cost estimates sufficient for presentation to voters at Town Meeting. The Committee will review similar criteria available for Prescott and Station Ave sites, and will prepare a Site Selection Recommendation for the Select Board. The Committee will endeavor to have the Site Selection Recommendation ready for the April 30, 2012 Town Meeting.

Upon approval of site and design funding by Town Meeting, the Committee will work with the Town Manager to select an architect to prepare a final design and to put the project out to bid in anticipation of presentation at the 2012 Fall Town Meeting. The Committee will assist the Town Manager in the oversight of the selected contractor and be responsible for recommending to the Town Manager the approval of change orders, invoices and milestone reviews.

The Committee's work will be complete when all construction and contractual obligations for the new Center Fire Station have been completed.

Contact Information
Email Members 7
Phone (978) 448-1105 Selection Appointed
Fax Term 1 year
Office Town Hall, 173 Main St Remuneration None
Meeting @ Meeting location

Appointed by: Town Manager

Center Fire Station Building Committee - Documents