VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
LAKE COMFORT SUBSTATION
In February 2020, we began working on our most ambitious project to date – a new substation for the Hyde County community of Lake Comfort. On February 25, a Public Meeting was held at the Mattamuskeet Senior Citizen Center where the details and benefits of this project were explained, along with a question and answer period. Much work still remains to be done before the substation will become a reality, so check back regularly for updates and photos.
CONSTRUCTION BEGAN: JANUARY 11, 2022 (scroll to the bottom and work up to see photos in order)
June 20-23, 202: Leveling up the site and around the building for the concrete sidewalks and asphalt driveways.
June 20-23, 2022: Rock is being placed around the ends of the culverts at each driveway.
June 20-23, 2022: Outside the bay doors, the brackets that will hold the flood doors in place are being installed.
June 20-23, 2022: Ductwork in the bay area is still underway.
June 15, 2022: The view from the backside!
June 15, 2022: Wow! Those doors look huge!
June 15, 2022: Hyde County's own Pantego Overhead Door is putting up the 4 big roll-up doors in the bay.
June 15, 2022: Most of the drywall, ductwork, door frames and doors are up.
June 13, 2022: Work on covering up the septic system is complete!
June 13, 2022: Septic system area ready to cover back up.
June 13, 2022: Drain lines down and hooked up, covered with mesh fabric.
June 13, 2022: A load of drain lines await placement in the septic system.
June 10, 2022: Both the grease trap and septic tank installed!
June 10, 2022: Septic tank lid in place.
June 10, 2022: Septic tank installation
June 10, 2022: Oil and water separator installation.
June 9, 2022: Grease trap installation.
June 9, 2022: Down the hallway in office area.
June 9, 2022: Mechanical closet with HVAC.
June 9, 2022: Gibbs Heating & Air has been busy installing overhead ductwork in office area.
June 6-8: Work on the fire wall separating the bay from the office area.
June 6-8: Louvers for the exhaust fan installed on exterior bay wall.
June 6-8: Exhaust fan installed in interior bay wall.
June 6-8: Window frames, glass and trim installed.
Jun 2-3, 2022: Inside the office area rooms are beginning to take shape.
Jun 2-3, 2022: Plumbing and framing work inside.
May 31, 2022: A huge load of drywall and a smaller load of plywood arrived.
May 30, 2022: Now that the metal walls, roof, and inside insulation and liner have been installed, the outside lot is being cleaned up.
May 28, 2022: A view of the two offices. Now that the exterior metal walls and roof is complete, next week will see a lot of inside work being done.
May 28, 2022: A view of the ceiling in the training room.
May 28, 2022: Long-shot of the training room. On the very back side of this photo are 2 storage rooms.
May 28, 2022: This is the kitchen. The big white area on the right is where a sliding window will eventually open into the bay area.
May 28, 2022: Another view of one of the bathrooms
May 28, 2022: Today was a lay-day, but a lot of inside work took place yesterday. This is the shower in one of the bathrooms.
May 26, 2022: View from that small window on the north side of the bay
May 26, 2022: Backside of the bay area. See next photo for the view out that little window!
May 26, 2022: Finishing touches on the bay area roof.
May 25, 2022: Inside the bay area awaits insulation installation.
May 25, 2022: The last piece of metal siding for the exterior walls goes up in place!
May 25, 2022: The back of the bay area reflected off the pond which is full of water from all of the rain in the past few days.
May 24, 2022: The exterior walls of bay area will soon be all up.
May 24, 2022: Work goes on even in stormy weather!
May 20, 2022: The ponds are full of water, and the grass is finally growing and turning green!
May 20, 2022, Backside of office building has outside wall up now.
May 20, 2022: End of office building towards US 264 has outside wall up now.
May 19, 2022: Liner, insulation, and roof metal are installed on bay area.
May 19, 2022: Framing of the inside walls of the office area has begun.
May 19, 2022: Inside the bay, door frames are stacked, waiting installation. On the right side the firewall is being built between the bay and office area.
May 17, 2022: We took our ladder truck to the site so we could get some good overhead photos.
May 17, 2022: Insulation for the interior walls.
May 17, 2022: The liner, insulation, roof, and roof cap are up on the office area!
May 17, 2022: Roof work on the office part of the building.
May 16, 2022: Work on the roof has begun. This liner has been installed, on top of that will be the insulation, and then the metal roof!
May 12, 2022: View from inside of the office area at where the outside wall is already installed.
May 12, 2022: Addition bracing, supports and other work is being done on the roof of the bay in preparation for the roof installation.
May 12, 2022: The front outside wall of the office area is up! Bottom left front is roofing materials & 2 stacks on right are the rest of the outside walls.
May 8, 2022: The ponds have filled up again with this past weekend's nor'easter storm.
May 9, 2022: The exterior metal walls will soon be ready to install!
May 9, 2022: The brushed plywood is then covered in "Blueskin" which is cut from rolls and overlapped on top of the plywood.
May 9, 2022: The plywood has been brushed with a sealant.
May 2, 2022: This is the backside of the bay area.
May 2, 2022: Note that the ponds have dried up, thanks to the drought that we are experiencing in eastern NC.
May 2, 2022: Doorways are becoming visible!
May , 2022: The plywood for the flood proof portion of the walls is up!
April 28, 2022: The door frames have arrived on site and work continues on the flood proof outside walls.
April 27, 2022: The wood framing being put together for the flood proof walls.
April 27, 2022: Most of the work on the 'red' steel beams, trusses, and supports is complete.
April 27, 2022: The framing of the flood proof outside walls has begun.
April 26, 2022: Another piece of equipment has arrived.
April 26,2022 : More work on supporting beams.
April 26, 2022: Estes Freight delivers a pallet of roofing clips.
April 23, 2022: USDA signage has been prominently relocated!
April 23, 2022: Carolina blue sky and "red" steel look great together!
April 22, 2022: Seeding the southern edge of the site.
April 22, 2022: Sadler Landscaping arrived to seed the grass around the site perimeter.
April 22, 2022: This is the front of the building where the truck bays are.
April 22, 2022: All upright beams and some of the roof trusses are up before lunch!
April 22, 2022: Steel walls and roof sections are stacked and ready.
April 22, 2022: This load of insulation arrived from Raleigh!
April 22, 2022: As soon as the steel was unloaded, the workers began putting up the upright beams for the building.
April 22, 2022: Steel for building and insulation are on site!
April 18-20, 2022: Rock in place around driveway tiles.
April 18-20, 2022: We have water!
April 18-20, 2022: Water line hook-up to meter box.
April 18-20, 2022: Ponds & swales done!
April 12-13, 2022: Work on the ponds continue.
April 12-13, 2022: Work on the swales continues.
April 12-13, 2022: Stakes mark the spot for the ponds, swales, and other landscaping.
April 12-13, 2022: Permanent driveways completed!
March 21, 2022: Carpet, ceiling tile, floor tile, doors, grout and other choices!
March 9, 2022: Tile for the permanent driveways is on site!
March 9, 2022: Rock for the permanent driveways is on site!
March 4, 2022: The concrete is drying up nicely.
February 28, 2022: Concrete slab and footers for the building are done!
February 28, 2022: Concrete finishers are putting on the finishing touches.
February 28, 2022: Concrete smoothed out and drying.
February 28, 2022: This is the CCP concrete pump truck all folded up and ready to leave the site.
February 28, 2022: Concrete pour is just about completed in this photo.
February 28, 2022: Ready Mix/Argos brought 13 loads of concrete using trucks from their Plymouth, New Bern, Greenville, Williamston, and Washington plants. All trucks were loaded at the Washington plant.
February 28, 2022: Work at the site began in the dark as the concrete pump was being set up.
February 22, 2022: Reinforcements for the concrete.
February 22, 2022: Getting ready for the concrete pour.
February 22, 2022: Plumbing work.
February 22, 2022: Pitt Electric is the electrical contractor.
February 17, concrete is drying and setting up nicely.
February 16, 2022: The concrete finishers have smoothed it all out!
February 16, 2022: One drain area filled with concrete.
February 16, 2022: Concrete going in around the drain areas. There are 4 of these in the bay.
February 16, 2022: Argos Concrete getting ready to fill in around the drain lines in the bay area.
February 16, 2022: Concrete testing of these samples will be staggered over a period of time.
February 16, 2022: This first wheelbarrow of concrete off the truck will be tested.
February 16, 2022: Completed plumbing work is being covered by dirt.
February 16, 2022: Argos Concrete is providing the concrete for the project. This truck is out of their Plymouth, NC plant.
February 16, 2022: Triple C Concrete is providing the concrete finishing services.
February 16, 2022: Tim McCarter Plumbing, Grifton, NC is doing the plumbing work.
February 16, 2022: Terracon Environmental Consulting Service, Greenville, NC provided inspection services of the concrete, reinforcement steel, and dirt.
February 16, 2022: Even more plumbing!
February 16, 2022: More plumbing!
February 16, 2022: This is one of the drains in the bay area.
February 16, 2022: Lots of plumbing work that will go under the concrete is being finished.
February 15, 2022: Drain lines and footers are being formed, getting ready for the concrete.
February 15, 2022: Other materials needed for plumbing and electrical work are being delivered.
February 15, 2022: Drains being assembled.
February 15, 2022: Materials for the wash bay drains are on site.
February 14, 2022: More material to go under the concrete.
February 14, 2022: Material is being assembled for use in the footers and slab.
February 14, 2022: The drains for the wash bay are being dug out.
February 14, 2022: The site is marked for the next step.
February 11, 2022: Gravel for the next phase is stockpiled.
February 11, 2022: B. E. Singleton moves out their equipment that has been undercutting, removing dirt, placing gravel and sand.
February 11, 2022: Driveways around building site are in place.
February 10, 2022: First load of actual building materials arrived.
February 10, 2022: Our first load of actual building materials arrived today!
February 9, 2022: Markers where the building, parking lots, etc. will be.
February 9, 2022: Backside of the lot.
February 9, 2022: Power pole ready for Tideland to hook up temporary electricity to the site.
February 4, 2022: Good driveway where equipment can get in and out.
February 4, 2022: There's that pretty Hyde County blacklands!
February 3, 2022: They had to relocate the elevation marker when they cut down the large tree near NC 94.
February 2, 2022: Finishing up the clearing and grading.
February 2, 2022: Another of B. E. Singleton's vehicles.
January 22, 2022: Driveway is in!
January 27, 2022: The lot is undercut all the way to the back along the side toward US 264.
January 27, 2022: Driveway work.
January 27, 2022: Driveway work.
January 27, 2022: Driveway work.
January 22, 2022 B. E. Singleton unloading sand.
January 27, 2022: Working on temporary driveway.
January 26, 2022: Driveway work.
January 26, 2022: Work on the two driveways has begun
January 25, 2022: A good look at the lot looking towards US 264 from NC 94.
Stocks & Taylor Construction, Inc. is the contractor who will oversee the Lake Comfort Substation project.
January 20, 2022: The big tree at the front of the lot is gone and the construction permit box is installed.
January 20, 2022: Wow! Look at the progress!
January 20, 2022: Tiles for the driveways are on site.
January 14, 2022: Moving all of the stumps to the front of the lot.
January 14, 2022: The orange construction fencing is up.
January 14, 2022: A muddy mess!
January 13, 2022: Day 3 looking north.
January 13, 2022: Day 3 looking south.
January 12, 2022: They got a lot accomplished on Day 2!
January 12, 2022: Hiatt Cahoon, SQVFD Fire Chief from 1971 to 1987 stop by the site to see the progress.
January 12: Day 2 of lot clearing.
January 12, 2022: Excavator that will be used to dig up tree stumps and mulch to be removed from site.
January 11, 2022: Mulcher is ready to begin clearing the trees and underbrush.
January 2022: Site elevation was marked in preparation for the building of the Lake Comfort Substation
January 2022: Utilities were marked at the site in preparation for the land-clearing, driveways to be built, etc.
B. E. Singleton & Sons, Inc. of Washington, NC will clear the land, install driveways, haul in fill dirt, etc.
GROUNDBREAKING JULY 17, 2021 (LOOK UNDER COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR MORE PHOTOS)
January 11, 2022: We have our building permit for the Lake Comfort Substation!
July 17, 2021: This banner greets visitors and marks the spot of the future Lake Comfort Substation.
July 17, 2021: Funding for the Lake Comfort Substation will be provided by USDA-Rural Developoment.
July 17, 2021: Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the location of the soon-to-be Lake Comfort Substation, 140 NC 94, Swan Quarter.
January 30, 2020: Members of the SQVFD meet with Robert Hosford/State Director NC USDA & Kim Daniels/Area Specialist USDA Rural Development
February 3, 2020: Resolution in Support of SQVFD New Substation Project
February 25, 2020: SQVFD Substation Project Public Meeting Notice
February 25, 2020: SQVFD Fire Chief Jeffrey Stotesberry leads the Substation Public Meeting held in the Lake Comfort community.
February 25, 2020: Cahoon & Kasten, Architects site plan of proposed substation
March 5, 2020: Cahoon & Kasten, Architects plan of proposed substation.
March 5, 2020: Cahoon & Kasten, Architects plan & elevation of proposed substation.
March 5, 2020: Cahoon & Kasten, Architects , PA - without them, this project would not be possible!