City Sets Groundbreaking for Public Safety Facility

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

From the City of Lawton

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 -- The City of Lawton is pleased to host the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Public Safety Facility at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 in the lot between Southeast Larrence and Railroad Streets, south of East Gore Boulevard.

The ceremony will feature addresses by Mayor Fred Fitch, City Manager Jerry Ihler, Lawton Police Chief James Smith, Lawton Fire Chief Dewayne Burk, Chamber of Commerce Representative Nathan Slate, Project Engineer Billy Tramel and Dr. Keith Miles of Central Baptist Church.

“This is a great day for the Lawton Police Department and the citizens of Lawton Fort Sill,” Smith said. “This will be one of the focal points that will enhance the downtown center nad make the community a wonderful place to live.”

The facility comes at a construction cost of 33.7 million, funded by the 2015 Sales Tax Extension, and will include a new police station, city jail, municipal court and fire facility. The 112,100 sq. ft. building will house 350 work stations and hold 126 inmates with future expansion opportunities to hold more than 300 inmates. It was approved by Lawton City Council to be designed by Dewberry Architects; a construction bid was awarded to Flintco LLC of Oklahoma City in August 2017.

“The start of the construction of the new Public Safety Facility marks the beginning of a new era for public safety for the city of Lawton,” Burk said. “This new facility will provide opportunities for additional growth and allow personnel to utilize new technology, which should aid in their ability to perform their jobs.”

During the ceremony, a community time capsule with items collected from longtime community agencies and organizations will be presented to attendees and City of Lawton staff. Items within the stainless steel capsule will be vacuum-sealed and then placed in the ground beneath the bell tower to be erected in front of the facility. In 50 years, they will be uncovered. Contributors include the Chamber of Commerce, Cameron University, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Fort Sill.

“Lawton Fort Sill has a unique culture that should be preserved and celebrated,” said Community Relations Director Tiffany Martinez Vrska. “Our community is branded by wonderful partnerships and people that continue to grow and progress with each passing year. In 50 years, it will be fascinating to uncover and study the items placed in this capsule – to remember our history and see just how far we’ve come.”

The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public. Event formalities and remarks will be followed by coordinated photos. Those who plan to attend are requested to enter off of Larrance Street and follow posted parking signs.

Please call the City of Lawton Engineering Department at 580-581-3385 for additional questions or information.

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