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Reclamation Awards $13.6 Million Contract to Build Fire Station at Grand Coulee Dam

Media Contact: David Walsh, (208) 378-5026,
Lynne Brougher, (509) 633-9503,

For Release: September 16, 2016

GRAND COULEE, Washington — The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $13.6 million contract to Innovative Construction & Design Ltd., a small business based in Post Falls, Idaho.

The fire station will be constructed at the west gate to the Grand Coulee Power Office Industrial Area, near the intersection of Highway 155 and B Street. The new facility location will ensure reliable protection for all Reclamation facilities and lands, as well as assist local communities and other agencies through mutual aid agreements.

The project involves construction of an approximately 22,000-square-foot fire station to provide space for sleeping, dining, vehicle and equipment storage, meeting/training rooms, offices and a public reception area. Construction is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and congressional appropriations.

"Sharpening our focus on safety and our emergency response capability at Grand Coulee Dam and the greater community is a top priority for Reclamation," Commissioner Estevan López said today. "This state-of-the-art fire station will harness new technology into a permanent, highly sustainable and professional facility."

Construction activity is expected to begin the winter of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by April 2018.

Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1941, it is a multipurpose facility and a key feature of Reclamation's Columbia Basin Project. It is the largest hydropower producer in the U.S. at an average of 20 billion kilowatt-hours annually. Learn more at:

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