Synergistic Vision Realized via Madras City Hall and Police Station Project
Madras City Administrator Gus Burril said, "This facility went through a detailed master planning process with the City Council and staff on the needs of the organization and how to better serve the community.
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"Within City Hall we now have public works administrative staff in addition to Community Development, Accounting, Recorder and Administrative staff to better serve customers.
"This is the culmination of a truly collaborative process and the story of this building has just begun, and will last for many years to come."
"We have a relatively veteran experienced crew already delivering a professional service. Most of the guys are from this community. This is an investment in the community and helps elevate professionalism even further. Presence is important and we are extremely proud of what this represents.
Burril added that the police department now had the ability to certify best practices, which wasn't previously feasible given the constraints of the former base.
Civic Facility is Iconic New Landmark
Former Mayor Rick Allen helped facilitate the original land swap with the school district to free up the earmarked central site several administrations ago.
and already accommodating a regular schedule of open air markets which promises to act as a "living room for the community" observed Steele Associates Architects Principal Scott Steele, and which seamlessly flanks existing veterans' memorials.
Those formerly occupied structures totaling 7,000 square feet actually sat in the flood way, were seismically unsafe and had been identified as grossly inefficient, outdated and inadequate to deal with growing civic needs, and are now set to be demolished with the help of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
The long cherished vision of a new City Hall and Police Station in Madras has been realized with an instantly iconic landmark off E Street officially open for business and providing a fresh modern face for the community.
The plaza also incorporates pavers depicting the confluence of the Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked Rivers flowing towards a central lobby gallery cutting through the new building and linking the city and police wings, featuring wood truss and mountain silhouette accents reminiscent of the area's rail history and topography.
He welcomed the fact that the 5,900 square foot police department, entered from the east side of the lobby, now encompasses a waiting room, conference rooms so officers can interview people in a more private setting, additional work areas, storage areas, recharging stations, training room and locker rooms complete with showers.
The dual function facility employs a significant sustainability factor and was built to meet elevated environmental design criteria, including high efficiency heating and cooling systems, low flow plumbing features, use of local building materials, sensor controlled lighting systems and maximization of natural light.
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The police department also has vastly benefitted from the overhaul and now has an evidence storage room and interview rooms with video equipment, among other hi tech and efficiency promoting new features.
Madras Police Chief Tom Adams also hailed his department's new facility as providing an environment for his staff to work more safely and effectively, as well as strengthening morale and professionalism and offering wider community benefit, including economically through hosting training programs and conferences for other law enforcement agencies.
"We hope citizens will appreciate the facility for its ability to better serve the community."
The 15,000 square foot municipal hub, designed by Steele Associates Architects as part of a coordinated master plan, replaces the dilapidated "cobbled together" buildings on D Street which for many years housed the city and police administrations in cramped conditions.
"The Council Chambers also setup for multi purpose community meetings in addition to regular City Council meetings, and are able to seat twice as many visitors as our prior location so we do not have to ask citizens to stand for the community meetings.
Ground was broken on the project in January 2011 by Bend based CS Construction, which had emerged as the winning bidder for the project and construction spanned approximately a year.
Planning for the new facility stretches all the way back to the 1980s, when staff Omega Speedmaster 57 Reissue originally identified the need for a new city hall.
Community Development Director Nicholas Snead added, "This great new building fundamentally improves our ability to serve the public. It is amazing that the quality of service was maintained in the old environment, but we are now proud to serve our citizens with the dignity they deserve."
On a macro level, City officials say a huge impact of the project is in offering better working conditions for city staff and police.
too small and inadequate for the community's evolving requirements, while the sturdy new facility has bigger offices and spacious council chambers complete with the latest audio visual technology, and is more functional for meeting spaces.
Additionally, the police department now has separate secure covered parking and access for emergency responders right off the highway.
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"Our old space offered little privacy, but now we can offer more confidentiality and comfort, and a safer working environment for officers which allows us to be even more professional and efficient.
"I have been impressed with the functionality and efficiency of the layout of the new design, and its practicality is off charts.
Other nods to the local environment as part of the design integration include custom tapered structural board form concrete piers, which Steele sees as evoking the tuff ashfall formed cliffs framing Lake Billy Chinook, and strategically placed boulders echoing the Central Oregon Cascade Range backdrop.
"The Police Department is now also providing safer working conditions for officers, added space for citizens to meet with an officer, improved facilities for evidence storage and interviewing; a training room that can have regional public safety training and can serve as an incident response center for a regional disaster.
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