Jackson Township trustees on Feb. 14 approved a $238,000 contract with Mull and Weithman Architects Inc. to design the new fire station to be built at Buckeye Parkway and Holton Road, south of Pinnacle Golf Club.

Jackson Township trustees on Feb. 14 approved a $238,000 contract with Mull and Weithman Architects Inc. to design the new fire station to be built at Buckeye Parkway and Holton Road, south of Pinnacle Golf Club.

The township received 13 applications and interviewed RP Architects Inc., Moody Nolan Architects Inc., and Mull and Weithman, township administrator Mike Lilly said.

A review committee including Lilly, the township trustees, the fire chief and deputy fire chief evaluated the firms based on their experience, credentials and workmanship. The committee visited four different sites on which the architects worked.

The total estimated project cost, which includes the building, basement, accessories and equipment, is $3,954,952.

In 2010, Jackson Township received a $1.4-million federal grant to build the station. The money can be used only for the specific five-acre property and must be spent by Sept. 25, 2013. Grove City Council on Dec. 19 unanimously approved the appropriation of $2,542,032 from the Pinnacle tax-increment financing district fund for the fire station.

Lilly said the township plans to seek construction bids bid by August and award a contract in the first part of September. The building will be designed to meet LEED energy-efficient certification requirements issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new building will be monitored by the architect's team for six to eight months. If it qualifies, the federal government would award LEED certification about a year after the building is constructed.

While the federal government requires LEED certification for fire stations, the township will try to obtain the gold standard of certification, the second-highest of four available levels.

"We think it's a good investment," Lilly said.

The building's completion is expected in the summer of 2013.

Township Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets said the township worked with Mull and Weithman when Jackson rebuilt station 203 at 2650 London-Groveport Road.

Station 201, built in the 1950s, and station 202, built in 1966, were replaced in 1994 and 1995. Station 203 was built in 1978 and refurbished a few years ago.