From left to right: Riley County Commissioners Kathryn Focke, Greg McKinley and John Ford, BHS Construction Senior Estimator Adam Crowl and Riley County EMS Director David Adams. Photo courtesy Vivienne Leyva/Riley County
Riley County Emergency Medical Services officials broke ground Monday on its new headquarters facility.
The new 15,000 square foot space will likely be operational by mid-summer of next year.
“We’re hoping July 2025 is when it should be completed,” said David Adams, Riley County EMS Director.
Adams says it’s exciting to finally be at this point in the process.
“This has been 29 years in the making and as we were going through the process it kept going next step, next step, next step. Now we’re at the big step. To have that groundbreaking, to see them starting to the work it really exciting and encouraging,” he said.
The new facility will house administrative services and Station No. 1 for EMS, and include a training and conference room, a full-time staffed ambulance as well as back up ambulances. Adams says the project will be done in two phases.
“The headquarters will be a 14-month build and then once we move in and transition into the new build, the next phase is going to be renovating the current EMS facility for offices and an EOC (emergency operations center) for Fire District No. 1 and Emergency Management,” he said.
Archimages of Lenexa designed the new space for the $11.7 million project, which is being funded through federal dollars awarded to Riley County from the American Rescue Plan Act. BHS Construction is the county’s construction manager at-risk.

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