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Sarasota News Leader January 10, 2014 Page 56 came up with that name; maybe I was being a A. Smith Construction Inc. of Sarasota will be little technical." the construction manager. The board's agenda material referenced the facility as "Fire Station No. 17 and Sheriff Administrative Facility University Parkway Area." The first of the four new stations, No. 16, will be constructed at 5875 Hummingbird Lane, in the Twin Lakes area of Sarasota, Hoag pointed out. It will utilize the same floor plan as Fire Station 10 at Fruitville and Vic Edwards roads, "It's really a public safety center," Barbetta he added. pointed out. The design originally created for that project Along with the lower anticipated expense, was placed on hold in 2010 as a result of budanother facet of the four projects that drew get constraints related to the Great Recession, commissioners' praise was the work of the Dec. 10 memo indicated. That design will the staff to enable them to give concurrent be modified to ensure the structure comapproval to the hiring of both the construction plies with current Florida Building Code and manager and the architect. Harmer called that county standards, the memo pointed out. aspect of the work "really important," adding that the contractor will be "at the table right Following No. 17 at University Parkway, Fire upfront with the design. … We haven't done Station No. 14 will be built on one of two sites that in the past." under consideration on South Tamiami Trail in Osprey, according to the Dec. 10 memo. "I think it's great," Barbetta said. Design work is still under way on that projSweet Sparkman Architects of Sarasota is the ect, Hoag pointed out, with the award of the design firm for the fire stations, while Willis construction bid expected in the fall. A rendering shows an alternate design for Fire Station No. 12 on Bee Ridge Road. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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