Things are bustling on the Northwest Loop with construction moving forward on the 330 day project to build the city of Stephenville's new fire station.

"We have the northwest wall of the apparatus bay room within a couple of feet of being up," Fire Chief Jimmy Chew said Tuesday. "Next we'll do the southeast wall and then tie it all together with steel before starting construction on the living and administration areas. The apparatus room will be constructed of cinder block with everything else being steel frame construction."

Superintendent of Prime Construction, Tim Platt, explained the building will be a single story structure of nearly 14,000 square feet with a mezzanine in the apparatus bay where physical training and mechanical rooms will be located.

"It's going to be a state-of-the-art facility for the fire department,” Platt said. “I'm sure they will get many years of use out of it.”

The new building will replace Station 2 currently located at the corner of Frey Street and Harbin Drive. That property, which originally belonged to Tarleton State University, will likely revert to the institution's possession.

It has been 36 years since fire personnel moved into Station 2, but the downtown building constructed in 1954 and remodeled in 1997 will maintain its status as Station 1.

Administration offices are currently housed in the Public Safety Building but will move into the new digs in July 2013.

"It's going to be a nice building and will make the city proud,” Chew said. “The fire department is extremely proud of it. We can't wait to get it into it.”