Edmond officials look at other public safety centers for ideas

Ideas from Texas and California public safety centers have been brought back to Edmond. Pre-design work is being done on Edmond's public safety center to be built downtown. The city administration building will be torn down to make room for the $25.5 million center.
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 18, 2012
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City officials and architects have gone to Texas and California to look at other public safety centers to help determine the design of Edmond's new $25.5 million center.

Philip McNayr, with Frankfurt Short Bruza architects, said they might try some of the ideas as they design Edmond's new home for police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency management operations.

“You have to pick and choose what we can afford,” McNayr said. “There were lessons learned.”

For example, the Edmond contingent was told not to use wood on the chairs for officers because their guns cause scratches. They were told to use tile carpet so it can be replaced when coffee is spilled, and to make sure the interview rooms have the proper acoustics so everything said can be recorded.

Motion detectors for lighting worked in some places but didn't at another, the architects said.

Voters on Oct. 11 approved a half-cent sales tax for five years to pay for the center to be built at First Street and Littler Avenue. A second building, to be constructed just west of 33rd Street and Broadway, will house evidence storage and the crime laboratory. Construction is expected to take 18 to 20 months.

Architects are working on the pre-design plans, which are expected to be refined, McNayr said.

The L-shaped building downtown will be four levels, with the jail and one of the two levels of parking underground.

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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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