Contracts for Wheeling fire station project await approval Monday

Two contracts key to the planned construction of a new fire station in Wheeling could get village board approval Monday.

A deal for architectural and design services with 845 Design Group will be on the agenda. If approved, the La Grange firm will be paid $221,000.

A separate contract with W.B. Olson Inc. to manage the construction project also awaits a board vote. It'll net the Northbrook firm $15,000.

The roughly 11,000-square-foot firehouse will be built on McHenry Road north of Dundee Road. It will replace a much smaller station within the police headquarters at 1 Community Blvd.

Construction is expected to cost $5 million and is scheduled for 2022.

W.B. Olson and 845 Design Group worked on the recent construction of a new fire house on Wheeling Road north of Hintz Road.

The new McHenry Road station will follow the same architectural plans as the Wheeling Road facility, officials have said.

The intent from the start was to design once and build twice, Village Manager Jon Sfondilis said, so sticking with the same companies makes sense.

"Both firms have more than proven their worth by delivering the first station ahead of schedule and under budget," Sfondilis said. "We expect the same results with this project."

The current Community Boulevard station is manned by a three-person engine crew. A full-sized and fully staffed fire station on McHenry Road should improve emergency coverage in the northwest portion of Wheeling and reduce response times, officials have said.

Once the new station is completed, the current space will be repurposed.

Wheeling has a third fire station, at 499 S. Milwaukee Ave. It will remain in service.

Monday's meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at village hall, 2 Community Blvd. It will be livestreamed on the village website,, and the village's YouTube channel,

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