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Design of Edmond's new public safety center are revealed

Design plans for the public safety center were made public for the first time Wednesday. Plans are to build a center downtown and a second building near 33rd Street and Broadway.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 1, 2012

“The function-driven design solution is intended to be a valued contribution to the downtown area and a source of pride for all Edmond citizens,” Osborne told members of the Public Safety Senior Steering Committee, which met Wednesday.

Plans are to tear down the administration building at 100 E First St. to make way for the new public safety center. The 70,000-square-foot, three story building will be constructed on a 41,976 square foot lot.

“We are on a restrictive site, but nothing is being compromised,” Osborne said.

Architects hope to go out for bids by mid-April and start construction by the first of May. The construction period is estimated at 20 months, with an expected move-in date of January 2015.

The jail, to be located in the basement, will include 10 cells for men and five for women. At least two inmates can be housed in each cell.

Outside lighting will be available through solar tubes, said Steve Thompson, deputy police chief.

The center includes a 2,000-square-foot multipurpose community meeting room in the lobby that is open to the third floor.

Plans include space for 35 dispatchers, communication systems specialists and other support staff on the third floor. In the event of a disaster, the dispatchers could move to a designated area in the basement.

There will be about 10 parking spaces below grade and about 30 parking spaces at grade. Officers now have little parking space at the police station, which is across the street at 23 E First St.

“It is cool because so much stuff has been designed by our own people,” Thompson said. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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