Construction to start in December on new Oklahoma City police headquarters

Plans call for the $22 million facility to be 89,000-square-foot distributed over three floors. The old police headquarters will be torn down to make way for parking.
by William Crum Modified: September 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013
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Construction is set to start in December on Oklahoma City's new $22 million police station.

Plans call for getting bids on the project next month and awarding a construction contract in November. The police department plans to occupy the new building in 2015.

Scott Dedmon, principal and director of design at architectural firm ADG, told the city council Tuesday that architects strived to make the building work with historic buildings in the Civic Center complex.

Vertical windows, tan and red brick, and material with the look and finish of limestone will tie the police headquarters to neighboring structures such as city hall, he said.

“These are all things that we wanted to reflect in the new design,” Dedmon said.

The new building will be constructed directly south of the existing police headquarters, in the western part of the Civic Center.

It will be bounded by W Main Street on the south, Colcord Drive on the north, N Shartel Avenue on the west and N Lee Avenue on the east. The site is an empty lot.

It will be set back 30 feet from the curb with a landscaped retaining wall for security. A metal canopy over the central glass atrium will shade the public entrance.

Plans call for 89,000 square feet distributed over three floors.

The current police headquarters will be torn down and that lot used for parking.

Funding is provided by the MAPS 3 use tax and by bonds approved by voters in 2007.

There are no plans to tear down the old city jail, vacant for some 15 years, said City Manager Jim Couch.


by William Crum
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OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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