As the sun melted the snow that blanketed the Oklahoma City metro area Tuesday, Oklahoma City officials broke ground at the new police headquarters' location in downtown.
“It has been a long time in the making,” Oklahoma City police Chief Bill Citty said. “This new facility, that I think everyone is going to be proud of, is the future of this police department.”
The new headquarters will be at 700 Colcord Drive and is located across the street from the current police headquarters. Construction workers tore out the parking lot earlier this month in order to make way for the building's site.
The three-story, $25.2 million headquarters will have 88,625 square feet of space. It will house the administrative and investigative functions of the police department, city officials said.
“It's laid out to be able to better service the community,” Citty said. “This facility is going to only be about 10 or 11 percent larger, but it's going to be a lot more usable space, it's going to be a lot more efficient and it's going to accommodate the future. There are spaces built to allow us to expand in the future, add more officers and then someday may even expand the facility itself.”
The blond, red and black brick building is expected to be completed in 2015 and will have limestone-like masonry accents to echo the art deco design of the buildings in the area, said Meg Salyer, Ward 6 councilwoman.
“This new building will help fuel the recent growth and revitalization of the west side of downtown and Film Row,” Salyer said. “This building will be a quality facility, as everything else this city has delivered on, that reflects the commitment and service of the police department.”