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Post Date:03/22/2011

The City of Suwanee has contracted with Atlanta-based TSW for design and pre-construction services related to a new police substation and training center to be built in the Suwanee Gateway area. TSW will partner with Cincinnati-based law enforcement and fire emergency facilities designer CR-A in designing the substation, expected to be approximately 7,000 square feet.

Construction may begin as early as late this year on the substation/training facility, located on an approximately 1.1-acre parcel on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road where a BP gas station previously sat. The City currently has the property under contract and expects to close on it later this spring.

“Placing a police substation in the heavily commercial, heavily traveled Suwanee Gateway area serves several purposes,” notes City Manager Marty Allen. “Most importantly, it serves an operational need to provide ongoing training opportunities for our police personnel, reducing the need for them to travel to other jurisdictions for such training.”

The new training center, says Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones will promote professionalism, academics, and tactical techniques.

In addition, Jones says: “The new substation will provide 24/7 police visibility in the Gateway. This facility will tell our citizens and visitors that safety in our community is a priority.”

Allen adds that the substation will serve as an example of the kind of revitalization that the City would like to see take place in the Gateway.

The TSW team was selected to design the facility because of its experience with projects of similar scoop and because its design style is consistent with the City’s vision. “What was particularly strong about TSW’s approach,” says Allen, “is that they understand that this needs to be a functional building that has beneficial impacts on the surrounding environment.”

The Suwanee Police Department substation will be designed and constructed using SPLOST public safety funds. The City of Suwanee will pay TSW $118,220 for design and pre-construction services.
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