The Edmond Sun

February 18, 2013

Safety Center plans almost complete

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — City staff and the engineering firm of Frankfurt Short Bruza expect their plans to construct the $25.5 million Public Safety Center to be 95 percent complete by March 1, said Larry Stevens, city manager.

“Recently we met with the engineer to get an updated project schedule,” Stevens said last week to the City Council. “Their intent is to send out bid packages on March 21. And it’s our intent at this time to award a construction contract at your May 13 City Council meeting.”

The 70,000-square-foot Edmond Public Safety Center will combine the Edmond Police Department with Central Communications and Emergency Management.

The center 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 an auxiliary building at 315 W. 33rd St. The $3.5 million facility will replace a former Electric Department and vehicle maintenance building.

Demolition of the administration building and five other city-owned buildings is anticipated by the first week of March, Stevens said.

City Attorney Steve Murdock said other city-owned properties to be demolished include a former antique store at 28 E. Hurd, a former laundry at 15 N. Littler, the old bank drive-in facility at 25 E. First, and the former Animal Welfare Facility at 30 W. Third St.

“Before we demolish those buildings, we obviously have to move 60 city staff people from the Edmond building,” Stevens said. “We have some temporary office space at Main and Broadway that will accommodate most of those.”

The city’s information technology staff will be moved to its new site at Broadway and Danforth.

Edmond voters approved a half-cent sales tax in 2010 to build the facility. Voters also approved Proposition No. 2 to allow the city to loan itself money out of the $7.2 million Hospital Trust Fund with an improved return of investment on that trust fund.

Construction should take 18 months to two years and the building should open in early 2015. | 341-2121