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Architects estimate cost for Edmond's public safety center at $33.9 million

Final plans for Edmond's new public safety center project were released Wednesday.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: April 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

— Architects for the city's new public safety center project estimate the cost will be $33.9 million.

The price tag covers a 70,000-square-foot center downtown, a second 15,000-square-foot building near 33rd Street and Broadway and all the furnishings and equipment for both locations.

Cost for the downtown center, to house police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency operations, and the furnishings and equipment, is estimated at $29.3 million.

City officials estimated the cost for the downtown building with no furnishings or equipment at $25.5 million at the time of the vote in October 2011. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the project.

Mayor Charles Lamb said the tax was approved for a specific amount of time and there should be enough money to pay for the entire project because of increased sales tax growth.

“We are comfortable that we will have the money for the project and not have to look somewhere else,” Lamb said.

Edmond has collected $7.5 million toward the project since the tax started in April 2012.

Frankfurt Short Bruza architects listed about $1.2 million of the work as alternative bids in an attempt to get the budget down.

The second building will be used for evidence and vehicle storage and a crime laboratory.

Plans are to go out for bids April 25 and acceptance of a construction contract on June 10.

Philip McNayr, president of Frankfurt Short Bruza, said he hopes move-in day will be before May 1, 2015.

Final plans for the three-story building to be built on the southeast corner of Littler Avenue and First Street were presented to the senior steering committee on Wednesday. Conceptual plans were finished in November.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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