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Fire Station #10 Charlotte County Fire Station - Palm Island, FL

This project was a Design-Build project delivered under a Construction Manager At Risk Agreement. The project included assisting Charlotte County with choosing the site, procuring the site, design, preconstruction, and ultimately the construction of a new 6,800 SF 2-story Fire Station located on Palm Island. The fire station was designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane and included an emergency generator that would power the entire building.

Magnum Builders’ Impact to the Success of the Project:

Magnum completed this project which happened to be the first new fire station that Charlotte County had built in over 10 years. The site was unique in the fact that the only way to access Palm Island is by a Ferry. The Ferry created unique challenges due to the limitations of the ferry for items such as weight, length, tides, etc. Due to the Site being in a high velocity zone, we had unique challenges with the Apparatus Bay concrete slabs. The Structural Engineer needed to support the SOG with pilings and grade beams which unfortunately would not work in the project budget. Magnum Builders offered a solution based upon our vast experience working on airports; we offered the solution on how we build the Tarmacs and aprons for jets, to utilize a system that would support the weight of the apparatus but would also offer the ability to be breakaway by using rebar baskets coated with epoxy, roadway base, and a thicker slab. This method was utilized and was able to get the project back into budget.  In addition, this project started at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic which created additional challenges with subcontractors, materials, and deliveries. Despite all of the challenges of this construction site, Magnum was able to deliver this project on time and under budget.


Ryan Gamma