Ponemah and the surrounding areas did not have an operational firehall on hand prior to construction, making this project extremely important for the community. The nearest firehall before this construction project was approximately 45 minutes away, making any firefighting in Ponemah a serious challenge. This new facility was designed for more than just firefighting, it was designed to house an EMT crew as well as a post office.
The Finished Product:
The Ponemah Firehall is a 9,900 sq. ft. pre-engineered metal building with 5-vehicle bays. it is attached to a wood frame office structure including offices for both fire and EMS personnel, a fitness center, gear turnout room, decontamination shower room, training room, a kitchen, men and women’s bunk rooms, and a post office. This new construction project has received an Excellence in Design Award from the American Buildings Company.
Donlar Construction served as general contractor on the project, and we managed 20+ subcontractors while self-performing carpentry and concrete. Donlar Construction worked closely with tribal members from the area and utilized their skills and talents on the project to help us finish the project on time and on budget.
Maintaining a Safe worksite:
Donlar Construction considers safety to be a top priority, and we took appropriate safety measures that help keep our staff and our subcontractors safe on site. We held daily job hazard analysis meetings with our foremen, and every new worker on site received a site orientation from our superintendent, informing them of all safety protocol on site. We also held weekly toolbox talks to review safety best practices, look for ways to improve, and celebrate our safety achievements on site. Additionally, due to an influx of new staff on site, we hosted several educational luncheons to ensure that everyone on site was equipped with the knowledge to operate safely and effectively.