The Edmond Sun

October 31, 2012

City presents design for Public Safety Center

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A strong yet elegant architectural design for the Public Safety Center was presented Wednesday to the PSC Steering Committee.

City staff and committee members also got a glimpse of the 15,000-square-foot PSC auxiliary building, a territorial-style building to be constructed northwest of 33rd and Broadway.

“I think it’s important from a community perspective for people to be able to see the rendering,” said Larry Stevens, city manager. “…Hopefully people will be pleased with that and how it fits in with downtown. I think this will help energize people concerning the project.”

The  70,000-square-foot Edmond PSC will be built on a 1-acre site where the City of Edmond Administration Building currently stands at 100 E. First St. Laboratory, vehicles, evidence-based storage and other related functions will be located at the $3.5 million auxiliary building, said architect Philip McNayr of Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates.

Edmond voters approved a half-cent sales tax in October to build a $25.5 million PSC. The site will house the Edmond Police Department with Public Safety and Communications and Emergency Management.

Building exteriors such as the Forensic Science Institute, the OSBI laboratory and historic buildings downtown influenced the PSC design, said John Osborne, FSB architect.

“We feel the image should reflect the strength and the permanence of its being the Edmond Public Safety Center,” Osborne said.

All of the city’s downtown design guidelines are respected in the plan. Pedestrians will experience generously landscaped sidewalks to encourage an east-to-west pedestrian flow downtown to the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

“We also wanted to be a good neighbor in fitting within the urban fabric of downtown Edmond with the predominant use of brick masonry and stone, cast-stone accents and arched motifs,” Osborne said.

A corner entry off First Street and Littler will allow public access amid a vertical glass entry way rising three stories, Osborne said. The main facility will initially accommodate more than 170 police staff mixed with public safety staff.

An alley driveway will slope down on the south side of the building for police parking and detention functions secured by a fence. Detention will be secluded in a lower basement.

Another access point is from the north. Additional parking will be located just south of the City First building, where a vacant drive-up bank facility now owned by the City of Edmond is to be razed.

A multi-purpose room will hold up to 90 people with the ability to partition off parts of the room, he said. Public and police meetings could occur there at the same time with a secure and non-secure entryway.

The project will then go out to bid with further approval needed by the council. Late spring is the target date before the bids will be approved. Construction should take 18 months to two years and the building should open in early 2015.