Vienna lets contract to design new police station

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The Vienna Town Council approved last night an approximately $1.6 million contract with Dewberry to provide architectural and engineering services for the town’s new police station. Sonstruction is expected to begin in 2020. Fairfax-based Dewberry is a design, planning, and engineering firm with more than 2,000 employees in 18 states.

Dewberry will deliver design, mechanical engineering, and site plan services for an estimated $12 million police facility, which will provide additional needed space for law enforcement programs and personnel, enhance facility security and the Town’s emergency management capabilities, and provide programmable space that can be shared with the community.

“We want a fully functioning, modern police station,” said Chief Jim Morris, “but we also want to create space that can be shared by the police, the community, and the town.”

The town received six responses to its request for proposals from architectural firms that had previous experience working with police facilities. Three finalists were interviewed, and Dewberry was selected, says Morris, because of its experience, design ideas, and approach to the project.

A 2013 needs assessment determined that the town’s police department needed 30,000 square feet for operations. The current police station, which was constructed in 1994, is 11,000 square feet. The department is currently using an additional 15,000 square feet of space – for investigation personnel, bike equipment storage, property and evidence storage, and archived records – across various Town facilities.

“Our goal is to bring all aspects of the department under one house,” Morris said.

The town is financing the police station design and construction through general obligation bonds, funded by the town’s 3% meals tax. Vienna’s Capital Improvement Plan calls for $14 million in bonds to be issued for the police station in 2020, which includes construction as well as additional anticipated expenses. The $1.6 million contract with Dewberry, which includes a 5% contingency, is funded by general obligation bonds issued earlier this year.

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