On Friday, June 14th, a crowd of nearly 300 gathered to witness the completion, and the new beginning, of a project that has been nearly 10 years in the making. A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of the City’s new 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Safety Complex on what used to be the school district’s fleet management operations. The new complex will serve nearly 18,000 local residents.
BESH partner, Chuck Hiott, P.E., Engineer of Record and Project Manager, was among the dignitaries at the dedication, including U.S. Representative, Daniel Webster, and Tavares Police Chief Richard Keith.
The project was kick-started with a $500,000 FEMA grant. The new complex will house the city’s police and fire departments and serve as the local Emergency Operations Center — all under one roof. This is a much-needed upgrade as the former police station was in a cramped small corner of City Hall for decades. Likewise, the fire department was housed in the city’s former freight depot, a 2,000-square-foot historic building built in the 1920’s.
BESH’s role in the project started with a boundary and topographic survey, and underground/above grade utility locates necessary to design the conceptual site plan and final engineering plans. BESH handled all permitting with the City, Lake County, St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. BESH also prepared construction contract bid documents and specifications included in the bid package prepared by the City’s architect, and provided construction oversight.
The new complex is a welcome addition to the growing city of Tavares. BESH is proud to be a part of this important project and the legacy of service it will provide for decades to come.