Gender-neutral facilities included in Michigan fire station renovation

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  • Published: 10/28/2019 12:00 AM

After recently going solar, an Ann Arbor fire station is set to undergo interior renovations. City Council has OK’d a $208,400 contract with Allied Building Service Co. of Detroit for upgrades to Station 6 next to Briarwood Mall, including adding gender-neutral facilities. The station was constructed in the early 1980s when the fire service was made up of mostly male firefighters, officials said. As more women join the ranks, it’s important to ensure fire station facilities reflect changes in gender makeup, Matt Kulhanek, the city’s facilities manager, told council in a memo. “The proposed renovations to Fire Station #6 will provide gender-neutral restroom and shower facilities and living spaces, which can be used by all fire service employees during all shifts regardless of gender,” Kulhanek wrote.


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