SWAN QUARTER

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!