Design-build procurements on horizon for El Paso public safety capital projects
City staff updated El Paso councilmembers on January 18 on the progress of several public safety capital projects that were part of the successful $413 million bond election in 2019.
According to the city’s procurement forecast, it will schedule design-build solicitations for summer 2022 to build a $90.6 million police department headquarters and a $29.6 million fire department headquarters.
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The city also anticipates advertising for design-build services this summer for a joint public safety training academy to be co-located with the fire department headquarters and a fire vehicle maintenance and logistics center to service fire department fleet vehicles and house supplies for fire stations throughout the community.
El Paso police will contribute $19.9 million to the academy, and the fire department will fund $29.6 million for its portion of the academy plus the logistics center.
Some of the academy’s amenities will include fire training props, an indoor shooting range, swift water rescue pool, classrooms/auditorium, fitness gym, a simulation room, and a police tactical training facility. The facility also will feature a mock courtroom and an emergency vehicle training area.
The academy’s design and construction are scheduled for November 2022 through June 2025. El Paso also is planning a $24.6 million regional command center. Design work is expected to begin this spring with construction to be completed in spring 2024.