El Paso planning design-build contract for $79.1M public safety complex
The city of El Paso is preparing design-build documents for an estimated $79.1 million public safety complex featuring police and fire academies.
Additional campus facilities would include a logistics center and fire department headquarters.
At their June 22 regular meeting, El Paso councilmembers unanimously approved a contract for an architectural and engineering services firm to support the development of a master plan and bridging documents as well as assist with the selection of the design-build contractor.
Proposed amenities for the academy complex at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Officer Andrew Barcena Drive include:
- Fire training props.
- Indoor shooting range.
- Swift water rescue pool.
- Fitness gym.
- Simulation room.
- Police tactical training facility.
- Mock courtroom.
- Emergency vehicle training area.
The academy will be co-located with a $29.6 million fire department headquarters and a fire vehicle maintenance and logistics center. The projected cost for the police academy is $19.9 million, and the estimated combined cost for the fire academy and logistics center is $29.6 million.
El Paso’s preliminary project schedule set programming from May through December, design-build selection from December through June 2022, and design and construction from July 2022 to January 2024.