The Edmond Sun


March 6, 2014

Anti-earthquake measures used in Safety Center construction

EDMOND — Extra concrete designed to counter the seismic waves created by earthquakes and waffle pans to help with high density record storage will be part of the new Public Safety Center.

Work is progressing in the basement and ground floor of the city’s new 70,000 square-foot, multi-story Public Safety Center at the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue in downtown Edmond. It will house the Police Department and the Public Safety Communications Department.

Thursday afternoon, Police Maj. Steve Thompson, the Edmond Police Department’s point man on the project, took The Edmond Sun on a tour of the site. Thompson said the pouring of concrete for the ground level floor is scheduled to start before sunrise Wednesday.

Thompson described features in the developing basement which include concrete shear walls designed to resist earthquake forces, access to multiple elevators, the future jail and limited below-ground parking.

Timberlake Construction is the contractor. Frankfurt Short Bruza designed the facility, which is scheduled to open in 2015. The estimated total cost for the Public Safety Center and an off-site Police Support Ancillary facility, which will house evidence storage, lab work and related functions, is $32.29 million.

Streaming video of construction downtown is available at the city’s website — | 341-2121, ext. 108

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