Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 9:13 pm
Architect hired for new RI police station
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By Eric Timmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCK ISLAND - Aldermen on Monday approved a $1.1 million contract with an architecture firm to design a new Rock Island police station.
Gere Dismer Architects, of Rock Island, will design a new 44,000-square-foot police station for the city on a site between 5th and 7th avenues and 12th and 13th streets.
The project is expected to cost about $17.5 million, according to council documents, and will double the space available to the police department.
Gere Dismer will work with a design team on the project that includes KJWW Engineering and Missman Inc., two other Rock Island firms.An initial design will be ready by mid-October, Jeff Dismer of Gere Dismer told the council at Monday's meeting.
Ald. David Conroy, 2nd Ward, asked that the council be given time to review the initial design before the architec's progress to the next stage.
"I want a functional police department," Ald. Conroy said. "I don't necessarily want a Taj Mahal."
City officials say the existing police station in downtown Rock Island is no longer large enough for the police department.
In 2011, Gere Dismer was selected from more than 20 applicants to work on a planning study for thenew police station, said public works director Randy Tweet.
The city did not have to seek bids for the architectural services contract because it was for professional services which are not subject to competitive bidding rules under state statute.
The entire design period of the project will take nine months, Mr. Dismer said, and construction is expected to take 18 months. The architectural firm will assist with drawing up bid documents for construction.
Also at Monday's council meeting, aldermen approved donating property at 501-531 11th St. to the Illinois/Iowa Independent Living Center.The city bought the land in 2007 for $44,250 as part of a redevelopment project.
The independent living center is on part of a future Walmart site at 3708 11th St. A $975,000 relocation settlement already has been agreed upon with the independent living center; those funds will be usedto build a 6,500-square-foot building at the new site.
A number of properties at Watch Tower Plaza on 11th Street, including the independent living center, are being bought by the city to be torn down for a Walmart Supercenter.