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Stamford police station construction remains on track

November 19, 2018

STAMFORD — Movie crews may soon stop clamoring over the city police department’s classic black-barred jail cells — among the oldest in the state — when they are replaced with modern electronic-locking doors in the new headquarters.

The new $43 million, 94,000-square-foot building at the corner Bedford and North streets will also include a gun range featuring moving shooting targets and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. The range will even be large enough to drive in a police vehicle to simulate a street shooting.

Ryan Benoit, project manager for O&G Industries, said his company is on schedule to complete the facility in less than four months.

“We are pushing very hard to meet the schedule,” he said. “We are dealing with some challenges, but we are making it.”

The structure is a palace compared to the 55,000-square-foot old building that can no longer accommodate some police units like the bomb squad and the Special Response Teams that have been working out of different city offices.

“This building is not designed to be an architectural masterpiece, but for the functionality of a modern police building for a modern police force. I think it is going to be really great,” Mayor David Martin said during a tour of the new building last week.

“I’m very impressed. I’m happy that it is on budget and on schedule and it is a building without the contamination and allows expansion with a little room to breathe from where we are now. It is a great decision we finally made after 10 years of talking about it.”

The building will feature a spacious lobby with 20-foot ceilings, several interview and meeting rooms, a lounge and new lockers for the 272 Stamford police officers.

“It is terrific for the citizens of Stamford. It is modern-day police department, which is well deserved and warranted,” Police Chief Jon Fontneau said.

Jeffrey Pardo, the city’s construction manager, said the building is deceiving.

“It looks just like a box, but it’s a lot more. It is very sophisticated inside,” Pardo said. “You could walk through and not knowing what you are looking at, you just see sheet rock walls. But when you look into the mechanical systems and everything we have put into this building, we have stuffed a lot of systems into the ceiling to make this work.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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