by Cody King
Joint-use facility is expected to be completed in the fall
As the new year is in full swing, the construction of the new public safety facility is significantly underway as well. Edwardsville Fire Department Captain James Whiteford briefed the Public Safety Committee at Monday’s meeting on the progress that has been made so far.
“They are laying block. They’ve got steel up, they’ve got the main stairwell block up all the way to the top and they are working on a tornado-proof room where the dispatchers will be located. They’re putting up the block for that. Things are going well; we’re on schedule and they’re expecting to have enough work done with the concrete that’s already poured to get through the cold season,” Whiteford said.
City officials broke ground for the site on Aug. 27 of last year. The nearly $11.9 million project will house a total of 31 firefighter/EMS employees, 43 police officers and 18 support persons. With 45,000 square feet, the building will feature a sally port, a lock-up, an investigations room, a police administration room, a records area and a dispatch area for the police department. The fire department will consist of a dayroom, a fire administration room, and bunk rooms. There will also be a joint-use fitness room and training facility on-site as well.
The building is anticipated to be completed this fall.
City Administrator Tim Harr said the flooring has already made progress.
“The basement floor has already been poured. First floor has already been poured, I believe. They’re working their way up,” Harr said.
FGM Architects and IMPACT Strategies, Inc. are constructing the project. IMPACT is also known for constructing other developments around town, including the Enclave and Enclave West student housing communities and Park Plaza in Edwardsville.
Overall, Whiteford said the main determinant in keeping the project on track will be the weather.
Despite the outside of the project, Harr said there is more that has been completed than what meets the eye.
“There’s a lot of unseen work taking place with plumbers and electricians in the basement at this point, roughing in. It’s just moving right along,” Harr said.
For more information about the public safety facility, visit the city’s website at www.cityofedwardsville.com.