NP public safety complex nearly complete, within budget

NP public safety complex nearly complete, within budget

Workers pour new sidewalks Monday outside the new North Providence Public Safety Complex on Mineral Spring Avenue. The project is nearing completion. (Breeze photo by Charles Lawrence)

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Construction of the new North Providence Public Safety Complex, located at 1825 Mineral Spring Ave., is 96 percent complete and within budget, according to Chief of Police David Tikoian, with a grand opening expected to take place in late August or mid-September.

“Everything is good. We’re almost there,” Tikoian told The Breeze. “From my perspective, all in all the building is progressing very well, with construction work expected to be wrapped up next month.”

The building certificate of occupancy is expected to be secured within the half of August, Tikoian said, which will allow personnel and equipment to move from the department’s current location at 1967 Mineral Spring Ave. to the new complex.

Located across from North Providence High School, the safety complex will provide both police and fire personnel a state-of-the-art headquarters in the center of town.

Construction began in May of last year, and the cost of the project is expected to be approximately $28 million, paid for from the department’s $60 million in Google winnings from 2012.

Town officials continue to meet biweekly with Ahlborg Construction and architect RGB, Tikoian said.

Currently, building systems are being connected, tied in and tested, to include safety and security access controls, the chief said. The plumbing system has been flushed, adjusted and is operational.

All front glazing and ballistic curtain wall system are 100 percent installed, the exterior gray aluminum cladding is 90 percent complete, exterior carbon fiber panel cladding is 99 percent finished, and interior carpentry and finishes are 93 percent complete, he said.

Interior walls have been painted, ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures are nearly complete, and the flooring on the second level of the complex, which includes tile and carpeting, is finished.

Rooms on the second floor are being cleaned and readied for move in.

Interior casework, locker room systems and cabinetry is 98 percent complete, and installation of doors and door hardware is approximately 94 percent complete.

The emergency generator systems have been started and tested under load for function.

Building furniture has been ordered and is expected to arrive on site within the next two weeks, Tikoian said.

Outside, the final exterior grading of planting areas, and the placing of loam and seed has begun, he said. Landscaping and placement of trees and plantings for the site is ongoing, with many have already been completed.

Installation of concrete sidewalks, the setting of granite curb and final concrete paving work is 99 percent complete.

The rear parking lot of the complex is scheduled to be paved within the next several weeks, weather permitting.

Due to excessive rain over the past month, site work for paving, curbing and sidewalks was delayed somewhat, the chief said.

The project remains within budget and on schedule, he said.

In 2012, the department received a $60 million settlement after one of their detectives served on a task force that investigated Google over illegal online advertising practices. Aside from the new public safety complex, the department has spent Google funds on new cars, a substation, new school resource officers, new equipment and training, and other items.