Renovations are moving forward at the Southlake DPS West Fire and Police Station.
The improvements will enhance the safety and security of the building with a larger community room, updated offices, replacement of the air conditioning rooftop units, as well as updated plumbing and electrical wiring. The renovations will also address the cosmetic and maintenance issues caused by significant foundation movement.
“This is a phased construction project so that our first responders will continue to meet our required response times for emergency situations,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr.
Other improvements include:
- Replacement of fire bay doors with added auto-close safety feature
- Installation of a modern exhaust system to capture the potential carcinogens found in fire apparatus’s exhaust
- Replacement of backup generator
- Expansion of dayroom and kitchen
- Gated access to area behind the facility exterior and landscaping improvements
The DPS West facility was originally constructed in 2001 housing both Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Since then, the City has opened the DPS Headquarters facility in 2009 and the DPS North Training facility in 2013.
The City’s proposed plans to update and modernize the west station originally included four bids that were presented and reviewed by the Crime Control & Prevention District (CCPD) and approved by City Council on September 5, 2017, at a cost of $1,961,366.16. The majority of the renovation cost is being funded through CCPD fund with a smaller portion (approximately $300,000) coming from the City’s general fund. The contract was awarded to HCI General Contractors.
“DPS West will continue to house the Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section and the Office of Traffic Management. These teams are vital to ensuring the safety of Southlake’s motoring public as we strive to increase mobility,” said Police Chief James Brandon.
Watch for periodic updates to follow the progress of the DPS West renovation. The project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2018.
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