Coastal Engineering Co., Inc. (CEC) provided professional engineering services for construction of a new Town of Scituate Fire Station #4 Apparatus Bay and Living Quarters (LQ) building located in a high hazard flood zone, designated as Flood Zone AE=13.0. New Apparatus Bay is proposed to be a two-bay prefabricated building to be elevated on slab and stem wall foundation elevated at the approved Design Flood Elevation. The Living Quarters building is proposed to have a new elevated pile or pier foundation to support a conventional framed (or panelized structural frame at contractor’s option) to house living quarters, toilet room, and dorm rooms, with an accessible exterior wood ramp as shown on approved schematic design plans.
CEC has worked with Keenan and Kenny architetcs and CSI Engineering to develop floor plan layout and structural foundation and framing systems for the LQ building using conventional wood frame construction. CEC has evaluated the cost-benefit of alternate foundation design using timber piles versus the cast in place foundation pier system currently proposed. CEC has reviewed related building code requirements and analyzed the structure for gravity and lateral loads as required by the 9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code. CEC has then prepared a set of building plans showing the architectural plans, structural foundation, and framing plans and MEP plans. CEC has coordinated efforts with other consultants including Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, incorporating their work with the final construction bid package. CEC has then assisted the town with the preparation of construction documents suitable for public bid procurement.