Relocating Fire Station 15 – Construction Bids Solicited

This is an ongoing blog posting about relocating Raleigh Fire Station 15.


  • January 2024 – Construction Bids Solicited 
  • May 2023 – Replacement Project Budgeted
  • March 2022 – New Doors Installed
  • June 2016 – Federal Grant for Sprinkler Systems
  • April 2019 – Sprinkler System Installed
  • August 2015 – Station Renovations Project

January 2024 – Construction Bids Solicited

On January 5, 2024, an RFQ was issued for design and construction management services for relocating Raleigh Fire Station 15. The new facility is planned with ~17,000 square-feet and a construction budget of ~$13.5M, plus city contingency of $1.7M and projected escalation of $3.5M through end of construction in January 2027. The proposed site is on Spring Forest Road at Millbrook Exchange Park, near the current station. The RFQ is # 274-2024-CM-06.

Current Fire Station 15 opened on November 13, 1974. It’s a one-story structure with two drive-through bays and 5,664 square-feet. Changes over the years have included the expansion of the rear apparatus bay in 1996, to accommodate a larger aerial apparatus. It currently houses Engine 15 and Ladder 15. Over the years, it has also housed a battalion chief and a haz-mat unit. The Explorer Post was also based there for many years.

May 2023 – Replacement Station Budgeted

On May 16, 2023 – the proposed FY24 budget for the City of Raleigh was announced. Capital projects included $5.85M in FY24 and $11.5M in FY25 for replacing Fire Station 15. 

March 2022 – New Doors Installed

In the spring of 2022, new and higher doors were installed at Station 15, to allow Ladder 15 to exit from the front of the fire station. Due to the incline of the front apron, the tiller and earlier aerial apparatus had to exit through the rear of the apparatus bay. 

April 2017 – Sprinkler System Installed

In the spring of 2017, a sprinkler system was installed at Station 15. In August 2017, reported Legeros, a complete renovation of the facility was planned to start in 2018, with funding in FY18. In July 2018, reported Legeros, design of the station renovation was ongoing and bidding was planned to correspond with the completion of Station 11 renovation and expansion. 

June 2016 – Federal Grant for Sprinkler Systems

On June 7, 2016, city council authorized the receiving of a federal grant for $151,555, to install fire sprinkler systems in Stations 2 and 15. Both were part of a multi-year, multi-year, multi-million dollar project to update fourteen older (legacy) fire stations. See blog posting.

August 2015 – Station Renovations Project

In August 2015, as part of a Raleigh Fire Department Strategic Plan for 2015 through 2020 (PDF), plans were developed to improve the physical and functional condition of legacy fire stations. The multi-year program included plans for improving Station 15, with funding in FY17 for design and FY18 for construction. 

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