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. On January  11, 2022  the site work began, followed by the actual construction. (Check out our "Gallery" tab above for lots of photos!)  In September 2022 we held a dedication and ribbon-cutting for this new facility.  And on November 9, 2022 we were ready to run our first calls out of the Lake Comfort Station. 

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN: JANUARY 11, 2022 (scroll to the bottom and work up to see photos in order) Construction was completed in September 2022.

September 17, 2022: Almost ready!

September 17, 2022: Finishing touches.

August 20, 2022: Our new Woodwriters' sign!

August 18, 2022: Night time view!

August 4-12, 2022: The Chief takes a photo of the glass that is finally installed in the doors!

August 4-12, 2022: Seeding of the front and back areas near the building is complete.

August 4-12, 2022: Carpet is down in the offices and training room!

August 4-12, 2022: Yes, our address is 149 NC 94!

August 4-12, 2022: Hand washing sink in kitchen is in!

August 4-12, 2022: Water heater in!

August 4-12, 2022: Striping of the parking lots and handicap spaces are done!

August 4-12, 2022: Tideland EMC has hooked up the power!

July 29, 2022: Asphalt being laid in driveways and parking lots.

July 25, 2022: HVAC units installed

July 25, 2022: Both bathroom fixtures installed.

July 23, 2022: Columns installed on the front of the building and flagpole is centered!

July 20, 2022: This is one of the offices. 

July 20, 2022: The floor tile in both bathrooms is in.

July 20, 2022: The floor tile in the kitchen is in. Work remains to be done on the hood.

July 20, 2022: The piers that the HVAC units will sit on had to be enlarged.

July 17, 2022: Flag pole installed!

July 17, 2022: Chief Stotesberry & grandson Jason used our ladder truck to install the flagpole!

July 15, 2022: Floor tile being installed in kitchen

July 15, 2022: Floor tile

down in hallway.

July 14, 2022: Concrete for the base of our flagpole!

July 14, 2022: Finishing touches to the pad for the propane tank.

July 14, 2022: Workers busy as bees on this last day of concrete pouring.

July 14, 2022, The final concrete pour will finish the  pad in front of the bay, sidewalks, back patio, and pad for propane tank.

July 12, 2022: Installation of the roll-up fire wall separating the bay from the kitchen. Note overhead HVAC ductwork!

July 9, 2022: Our flagpole has arrived. And look at those red doors against the gray metal outside walls!

July 7, 2022: Hallway walls painted.

July 7, 2022: Outside doors are being painted red. Inside walls are light gray.

July 1, 2022: Back bay door pad complete!

July 1, 2022: Smoothing out and finished the back bay door pad.

July 1, 2022: Also finished up a sidewalk they had started before

July 1, 2022:  They started pouring concrete for the pad at the back bay doors.

June 30, 2022: Sidewalk in front of building is done!

June 30, 2022: Look at that pretty sidewalk!

June 30, 2022: Elevated pads where HVAC units will sit.

June 30, 2022: SRM Concrete from Washington, NC poured concrete for HVAC pads and sidewalks.

June 27-29, 2022: Sidewalk areas being framed and ready for the concrete to be poured.

June 27-29, 2022: Framing for the raised HVAC concrete pads awaiting arrival of the concrete.

June 27-29, 2022 The drywall is finished and ready for the priming/painting of the walls.

June 27-29, 2022: The hood for the kitchen has arrived & been installed.

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. 


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!