EDMOND — 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.
“The design portrays an image of strength and permanence,” said John Osborne, director of design for the architects. “Materials were chosen for their low maintenance, durability and longevity.”
Landscaped sidewalks running east and west along E First Street were designed to promote a pedestrian connection between downtown and the University of Central Oklahoma campus, he said.
The alley behind Papa John's and FedEx Kinko's will be closed and monitored with gates to provide additional security for the center, Assistant Police Chief Steve Thompson said.
Plans are to extensively interview the contractors to make sure they are top quality and finish their jobs on time, McNayr said.
“We want to know if the contractor is a contractor that finishes the job on site or in the courtroom,” McNayr said. “We want them to submit qualifications so we can make sure we know who they are and how they do their work.”
There will be a five-week bidding process. Architects said they think this is a good time for the city to go out for bids.
“The Oklahoma City market has been affected the last three or four years by the oil industry, Devon, and they are shutting down now, putting a huge force out of work,” said Oscar Majors, quality control and quality assurance manager for the architects. “We think there will be good competition on this project.
“Our timing is great.”