When the Wyandot County EMS purchased an existing building in Upper Sandusky, Ohio for future operations, EMS Coordinator Dale Risley knew the structure had great potential but he also knew it needed major renovations as well as an addition to accommodate all the must-haves on his list. A finalized building plan revealed the 12,000 square foot facility would have more overhead doors for emergency vehicles, a large training room, sleeping areas, and much needed storage space.
Demolition started in February 2017 and the job was full of surprises including:
- The building shared a masonry wall that needed to be extended 30" above and 18" past the outside of both structures
- The masonry had to be filled with vermiculite to achieve a 3-hour fire rating
- The first overhead door had to be moved 4’ away from the shared wall
- Two steel support columns had to be installed under the two main beams in the garage next to the shared masonry wall to allow all weight from the beams to be off the masonry fire wall
- A stone base was non-existent and 8" of soil was removed to install a proper stone base
- Sanitary and storm lines needed to be separated and run to their appropriate outlet
- The existing water line was corroded and undersized so a new water line had to be drilled into the building from the road
- Overhead electric lines were were dangerously low thus new underground service had to be bored from across the street and the existing wires were removed
- Gas service was combined with neighbors so individual lines needed to be run before the existing shared line was eliminated
Additionally, overhauling the openings for the overhead doors where the ambulances would be pulling into the building required strategic engineering. Sections of the masonry below grade had to be dug up and removed roughly every 14’ and concrete foundations were poured. Then the masonry wall was cut out vertically at these foundations in order to install steel columns. Once complete, structural C-channels were bolted on either side of the block wall and attached to the columns, allowing all the masonry underneath to be removed and steel jams installed.