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Feature Project: Coaldale Fire Hall

Addition and Renovation

Welcome back to another installment of our popular Feature Projects from the team at SWMW, experts in design build in Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, and Inuvik, NT!

These Feature Projects are a great way to look back at past successes in our construction projects!

In this piece, we’ll look back on a fire hall construction project from 2019-2020 for the municipality of Coaldale and Lethbridge County. We helped this existing emergency response facility with a renovation to their current 10,000 sq. ft. building and built a new 10,000 sq. ft. addition.

This project was a successful exercise in project management – and in balancing necessary construction activities with the need for zero disruption with emergency response operations.

Project Details

Sector: Commercial
Location: Coaldale, Alberta
Timeline: This project took place in 2019 and 2020. The renovation and addition each took one year to complete.

This project covered both a renovation and addition to the fire hall for the growing community of Coaldale, Alberta.

The addition featured six spacious drive-through bays for fire trucks, modernized locker rooms, a two-story training area, and state-of-the-art offices. Meanwhile, the renovation efforts included upgrades to the exteriors, asbestos abatement, new offices, a lunchroom, training room, and ambulance garage bays, and new sleeping quarters.

Project Requirements

The municipality, together with the county of Lethbridge recognized the pressing need for additional space to store emergency vehicles and accommodate the growing community. Their primary "must-haves" were functionality and longevity. We achieved this through the use of premium materials and impeccable construction standards.


The project required careful planning and effective project management to ensure uninterrupted emergency response services. Our team worked closely with the fire department, meticulously phasing the construction to avoid any disruptions.

Timeline and Sub-Trades

The estimated timeline was one year for the addition and renovation phases. To deliver outstanding results, we collaborated with a range of sub-trades, including civil experts, concrete specialists, steel fabricators, exterior and roofing professionals, electrical and mechanical teams, as well as skilled drywallers, painters, and flooring specialists.

The longstanding relationships we had with these sub-trades ensured seamless teamwork, excellent project management, and impeccable craftsmanship.

Materials and Sustainability

In pursuit of building longevity, we carefully selected materials such as concrete, steel, wood, and brick. While sustainability is a cornerstone of our philosophy, this project did not involve specific sustainable or environmental considerations.

Key Takeaway

This project highlights our team's expertise in new construction and renovations, which helped us to flawlessly integrate the addition and renovation phases.

Our ability to collaborate closely with the project owners and the fire department was instrumental in preventing any disruptions to the community's emergency services. The success of this project is a testament to our commitment to delivering excellence and meeting our clients' needs with unmatched precision.

Connect With Southwest And Midwest Design & Construction

The fire hall project in Coaldale stands as a prime example of exceptional construction prowess and efficient coordination. Moreover, customer satisfaction is our top priority, and we attribute our success to our decades of experience and the importance of continued learning to get the job done right for our clients their way – every time.

Choose SWMW for your next construction project. We’re experienced design-build contractors, with offices in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, and Inuvik, NT.

Want to learn more about how we can help with your next design and construction project? Contact the team at SWMW with our convenient online quote request tool. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss project details and next steps.