Baltimore, MD (February 25, 2014) – The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, an all-volunteer fire company located at 1609 Bellona Avenue in north-central Baltimore County, has revealed comprehensive plans to construct an 11,000 square foot addition onto its existing building, as well as undertaking a significant physical plant improvement and upgrade to its existing firehouse. Originally opened in 1909, the Lutherville Company is among the most active stations in the County and serves an area stretching from the city line to its south, north to the Pennsylvania state Line, east to Belair Road and west to Greenspring Avenue.
The Mullan Contracting Company, headquartered in Lutherville, has been chosen as the general contracting firm for the $4.2 million project that is expected to commence in mid-March. Over the past several years, Mullan Contracting has successfully completed ground-up, new addition or renovation programs for the Glenwood Fire Department in Howard County, the Marley Fire Station in Anne Arundel County and the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company in Carroll County. Manns Woodward Studios is the architect on the project.
The new 11,000 square foot addition has been designed to house additional firefighting apparatus, as well as support a fitness center, a state of the art training center and a new bunk room area for the members. The facility will support the day-to-day needs of the more 100 volunteers that work from the station, providing fire suppression, rescue and EMS support to more than 40,000 residents and businesspeople residing within the companies first due engine area and more than 100,000 residents it its rescue area. Also known as Station 30, it services approximately 2000 rescue, fire and support calls on an annual basis.
“This essential addition and upgrade is moving forward based on the tremendous amount of support our station has received from the surrounding community,” explained Michael L. Huber, President of The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company. “Our volunteers put their lives on the line for the greater good on a daily basis, and they deserve high-quality and comfortable facilities that will enable them to consistently function at peak performance. This latest construction project has been designed to elevate the physical plant of our station and maximize our available space for equipment and personnel requirements.”
The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company responds to the needs of the community with six different pieces of equipment, including three firefighting engines, two medical support vehicles and one heavy rescue vehicle. The two new engine bays are being constructed to accommodate all existing equipment within one building. Today, an engine and a medical support vehicle are housed in a garage at the back of the company’s property.
Operating for 105 consecutive years, the station, which has been the home for the company since 1930, was last renovated in 1978. Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company has “first due” responsibilities in the Lutherville, Timonium, Towson, Stoneleigh and Ruxton areas.
All construction activities are expected to be completed in approximately one year.
“Mullan Contracting has extensive experience with public facility construction projects such as police and fire departments, and we are extremely sensitive to the need for a fully-operational company throughout the construction process,” explained Joseph Rode, President of The Mullan Contracting Company.
Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Lutherville, MD, The Mullan Contracting Company is a full-service construction management and general contracting firm specializing in the commercial office, retail, hospitality, healthcare and institutional industries. For further information, visit www.mullancontracting.com.