Jul 21, 2021 12:00 PM

Great Bend narrowing down architects for new police station

Posted Jul 21, 2021 12:00 PM

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

The City of Great Bend received eight bids from architects to handle the design and construction of a new police station and city hall offices. A committee recommended constructing the police station on the city-owned parking lot at the 12th & Baker intersection.

City Administrator Kendal Francis told the city council Monday night the process to find the best architects is underway.

"Our committee is in the process of reviewing the bids and selecting finalists to interview," said Francis. "We'll have that for you at the Aug. 16 meeting. We've also released the RFQ for a construction manager."

The current police station on Williams Street was constructed in 1928. The not-to-exceed amount for the new police station is approximately $5 million. While the police station is the main focus, architects will also design plans for new city hall offices. There are thoughts of renovating the back offices of the Events Center on 10th Street to accommodate city hall.

A .15% sales tax increase was suggested, but not approved by city council yet, to be used for building debt service to help pay off future bonds.    

Read previous stories relating to the police station through the links below...

Great Bend eyeing sales tax increase for several reasons

Great Bend to seek bids for construction of new police station

Committee recommending 12th & Baker location for new GB police station