Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Action by the Columbus City Council this week opens the way for Thomas & Marker Construction Co. to complete more than $19 million of contracts to build a new crime lab for the Columbus Police Division and replace the Columbus Fire Division busiest fire station.
This artist's rendering shows the new $8.2 million Fire Station No. 2 project to built be Thomas & Marker Construction Co. in Columbus. The local firm also has been contracted to build a new $11.2 million crime lab in Columbus. (ILLUSTRATION/T&M)
The existing crime lab is on leased space on The Ohio State University’s campus, but it is not large enough to handle increases in evidence collected by officers.
The new crime lab will cost $11.2 million and join the police division’s $11.8 million property room on Woodrow Avenue., which Thomas & Marker successfully completed in late 2012.
The $8.2 million Fire Station No. 2 services the Downtown area, mainly south of Broad Street.
In 2012, Station No. 2 firefighters and medics made about 19,500 runs, about 3,000 more than any other station in the city.
“We have enjoyed a strong partnership with the City of Columbus”, Randy Marker, President of the firm noted, adding that the firm is currently completing the city’s Traffic Control Center; a 112-bed, $12 million, senior living facility in Dublin; and another Raising Canes Chicken Fingers restaurant, as well other projects.