St. Johns Fire District celebrates new Johns Island maintenance facility

May 20, 2024

Choate Construction Company partners with St. Johns Fire District (SJFD) and Construction Dynamics, Inc to bring a fully-equipped Fire Equipment Maintenance facility to the community through a design-build delivery. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8th, this single-story, pre-engineered building will further bolster the SJFD’s emergency services as they continue to protect and serve the local community.

“It’s an honor to work alongside the SJFD and Construction Dynamics to support our first responders and their life-saving efforts through this facility,” says Tim Heichelbech, Vice President and Division Manager for Choate’s Charleston office. “The dedication and teamwork on this project were instrumental to the successful delivery of this space.”

At 10,000 SF, the building contains three drive-through bays with 14’x14’ overhead doors, precisely positioned to maximize the property’s traffic and airflow. One of the bays features an overhead support beam that can support five tons via chain hoist trolley, with systems to accommodate oil changes on the SJFD’s emergency vehicles.

Additionally, the facility provides office and personnel space containing a locker room, showers, restrooms, a kitchen and dining area, IT room, training areas, and storage. The project team worked closely with Charleston County, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and the SC Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure success in meeting zoning ordinances and codes needed for this facility.


About Choate Construction Company

Choate Construction Company is one of the largest nationally recognized general contractors in the Southeast with offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, and Savannah. Founded in 1989, 100% employee-owned Choate Construction specializes in both ground-up and interior construction, believing success is driven by its relationships and reputation. Choate has built a resume of projects large and small across the nation in multiple market sectors. From its innovative OneLife safety program to its efforts to “Build Up” the communities in which it serves, the heart of Choate is its people. Please visit for more information.

About St. Johns Fire District

Since 1959, the men and women of the St. Johns Fire District have protected 185 square miles of the barrier islands of Johns, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Wadmalaw. To learn more, please visit