By Nick Diamantides, Staff Writer
Plans to build a new police station moved forward Tuesday evening when the Signal Hill City Council approved a contract with WMM associates for the design of the facility. The $105,000 contract covers the preliminary design that will be used to determine the specific components of the final design. A separate contract will be executed for the final design.
“The complexity of designing a new police station requires specialized knowledge and experience,” said Charlie Honeycutt, director of public works. “The police station is classified as an essential services building and will contain jail facilities, sophisticated communication systems and an emergency operations center. Therefore the building must be designed with strict state guidelines.”
Honeycutt noted that WMM as extensive experience in all aspects of police station design and in working with the California Board of Standards (CBS)—the agency that oversees the design and construction of police and jail facilities.
In addition to preparing preliminary site, landscaping and floor plans, WWM will select structural, mechanical and electrical systems for the facility, make recommendations for the communications systems, and help the city obtain CBS approvals. Responding to Vice Mayor Mike Noll’s question, Honeycutt noted that every effort will be made to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible.
The total cost of the new police station is estimated at $13 million.
In another action, the council approved an expansion of the contract with Platt Security to provide a second security officer four nights a week at city parks. The added patrols will cost the city an additional $23,000, bringing the total contract amount to $59,600.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., September 11 in the Council Chambers.