EDMOND — Work on the new public safety center complex could start within 30 days now that council members have approved a $27,478,200 construction bid.
Timberlake Construction Co., of Oklahoma City, will build the 70,000-square-foot building on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue. The three-story building will change the landscape of downtown Edmond.
The building will be the home of police headquarters, 911 communications and emergency management operations. The bid included a second building at 315 W 33rd St. that will house the crime lab and vehicle and evidence storage.
Timberlake built the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Center and the city's Cross Timbers complex at Interstate 35 and Covell Road.
“This process has been ongoing for over eight years, and we are now finally beginning construction on a police department that will be able to serve the needs of the men and women of the Edmond Police Department for the next 50 years,” said Police Chief Bob Ricks. “We are now looking forward to seeing the new building come out of the ground.”
“We have waited for a long time,” said Matt Stillwell, emergency management and communications director. “We are very excited to move forward with the new public safety center.”
City Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner cast the only negative vote. She wanted to cut some of the alternate items that were separated out to make sure the city had enough money to accept the bid. The items totaled about $700,000.
“We're lucky how the bids came in,” Waner said. “We are building this for 20 years. We don't need to put everything in it right now.”
Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said, “I think this is best price. If we were to build out in a separate bid, it would be astronomical. Now is the cheapest time.”
Council members have arranged to have on hand $36 million to build the complex. Money was collected from three funding sources that will be paid with a half-cent sales tax voters approved for five years.
The reason behind the three-way financing was to save money.
Timberlake has two years to construct the complex. During that time, streets will be closed and construction vehicles will be traveling on the downtown streets. Parking will be an issue.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new center will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the construction site.