By Victor O'Brien
Killeen Daily Herald
A more than two-year wait for a new police headquarters is expected to end in May when Killeen police move into their new home.
The new Killeen police headquarters should be ready for officers to move in by May 14, Killeen police chief Dennis Baldwin said Tuesday. The city broke ground on the building in February 2008.
Barring unexpected delays, the city will hold a dedication ceremony May 14. Baldwin announced the tentative date at a public safety committee meeting Tuesday morning.
"We want to make sure it's done right. We have that flexibility built into the project," Baldwin said, speaking of the possibility of delays derailing the anticipated dedication.
Lee Lewis Construction is scheduled to finish touch-ups and make final adjustments by April 15. Then furniture installers will outfit the department in time for the May 14 dedication.
All divisions expect patrol will begin moving in as early as May 15. The patrol division, which must function even as equipment is moved, will be the last to relocate, Baldwin said.
The original budget allocated $27.2 million for the 80,000-square-foot complex along Featherline Road in south Killeen.
The Killeen City Council approved a $786,000 furniture package Tuesday. Architect PSA Dewberry organized the package, which furnishes the new department with 636 chairs, 103 tables, and an assortment of desks, workstations and filing cabinets.
"Each department has their own functional nuances and abilities," PSA Dewberry representative Don Wertzberger said earlier Tuesday during a presentation to the public safety committee.
PSA Dewberry compiled the furniture package after a six-month review that included visits to several Texas police headquarters. Officers tested and reviewed more than 60 chairs for comfort and durability.
"We feel chairs are one of the most important decisions," Wertzberger said. "They're very hard on furniture and finishes – the gear, the holsters, the belts."
The city will purchase specialized equipment from Spacesaver, a company that specializes in law enforcement storage. The city will buy equipment for the emergency operations center from Wrightline and office workstations and storage from Austin Business Furniture.
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