City officials, police personnel, and others gathered Wednesday, Feb. 3 to break ground on a new police building, funded by voters as part of the 2018 bond package.
The groundbreaking was held on the site of the new facility, across South Street from the current police building and City Hall.
The new building, designed to meet the needs of the department for the next several decades, is being constructed by WRL General Contractors. The total project budget, including land, construction, equipment, and design, was 33.4 million. The building was designed by BSW Architects. The City Council approved the construction contract on Oct. 22, 2020.
The groundbreaking marks the official beginning of the project, although crews have already begun to clear the 7-acre tract of land. The 71,300-square-foot, three-story facility is estimated to take about two years, with plans to be completed by the end of 2022.
The new facility:
- Includes modern facilities with adequate space for existing police employees and was designed to accommodate future needs as well.
- Consolidates police employees into single building rather than multiple locations.
- Was designed with input from police staff.
- Will be designed and constructed according to Building Code standards for “essential” buildings.