EDMOND — A contract with Frankfurt Short Bruza for the design work on the public safety center will be voted on by the Edmond City Council on Monday.
The contract is for $2,065,821.
Edmond voters on Oct. 11 approved a half-cent sales tax increase for five years to build a new $25.5 million public safety center to house police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency management operations.
The additional sales tax went into effect Sunday.
The design firm worked on plans the first time the public safety center went to a vote of the people in November 2008; that measure failed. It also was involved in the design work of the University of Central Oklahoma's Forensic Science Institute and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center.
Council members will make a decision at their 5:30 p.m. meeting at 20 S Littler Ave.
Designers will help council members determine a location for the new downtown complex. The public safety center will be constructed on land the city already owns. Tearing down a city-owned building could be a possibility.
They also will do the design work on a second building that will house the crime scene laboratory and evidence storage to be constructed in another location, possibly outside downtown.
Nine consulting firms responded to requests for qualified companies. Four firms were interviewed before the Edmond Public Safety Center Project Senior Steering Committee recommended the council hire Frankfurt Short Bruza.
Council members also will consider taking action to borrow $7 million from the Edmond Hospital Fund to get a jump start on building the public safety center. Voters agreed to let the council use the money, which allows the city to borrow from itself. The hospital fund will be repaid with the half-cent sales tax money.