Hollenbach Construction Inc. of Boyertown is leading the $1.4 million construction of the Second Alarmer’s Association and Rescue Squad headquarters building in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County.
SAARS is a private, not-for-profit pre-hospital emergency medical service provider.
The construction firm is building the site at Whitpain Township municipal complex and will serve as the general contractor, said Glenn Ebersole, strategic vice president of business development and marketing for Hollenbach.
Work should be finished by the end of the year.
Ebersole said SAARS has been serving Whitpain Township residents from temporary construction trailers on the township grounds since 2007.
Renee Bates, executive director of SAARS, said the tentative completion date for the new building is Dec. 10.
"It's under roof, the floor is poured, drywall could go up in the next few weeks," Bates said.
Bates said SAARS started offering services to the township in January 2007 with the understanding that its own building would be constructed.
"We put temporary trailers there and the ambulances sat outside there, and it's always a challenge," Bates said. "We were looking for a permanent location."
In snowy weather, the ambulances had to be cleared of snow and ice. The new building will offer space to house the vehicles. The building is 5,487 square feet.
The organization decided that the municipal complex was the ideal location and set about finding funding for the project. The land is owned by the township and leased by the organization, Bates said.
Bates said the previous executive director secured a $500,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to help fund the project. Additional funding came from the township and residents. Bryn Mawr Trust is financing the entire project, Bates said.