By fall 2019, citizens will see the brand-new  Gardner Justice Center at the location of 167th and Moonlight Road. The law enforcement center will house both the police department and the municipal court, accounting for nearly 50 employees.
With 71 percent of the voters approving the funding to construct this facility, the city will build an approximately 30,000 square-feet structure. The size of the facility will address the current spacing issues and continual growth of the community as well as the police department, according to the 2015 space-needs study.
Recently, the city staff finalized an agreement with architects who will immediately start design concepts based on input from city staff of various departments, including police, court, planning, public works, and information technology.
At the Sept. 18 council meeting, the council authorized the city administrator to execute an agreement with TreanorHL for architectural professional services for the new Gardner Justice Center in the amount of $965,000 for basic services, $25,000 for FFE design and allowances of $61,500 for reimbursable expenses.
TreanorHL has worked with the city in the past, including performing the Space Needs Study. The governing body had previously reached consensus that Treanor would continue as Architect, this action makes it official. ouncil approved with a 5-0 vote.
The Gardner Public Works Department will provide oversight on the design and construction of the facility, and is currently working on a Request for Qualifications for the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) role to help deliver the project. The CMAR provides professional services and acts as a consultant to the city in the design and construction phases. The CMAR manages and controls construction costs and ensures the project is delivered per timeline agreements.
While city staff moves forward on the various phases of fashioning a new Justice Center, work also continues to determine the future of the current police station. This is being done through the Main Street Corridor planning, which will help identify the best use for all properties along the corridor.
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