Breck selects design for police station
BRECKENRIDGE – The town will break ground on its new police station in June now that elected official have agreed on architectural plans that give the building a historical feel.The council met Monday in a special work session, held to keep the project on a good timeline. The building will be built at the corner of Highway 9 and Valley Brook Road between the recreation center and Upper Blue Elementary School.The land is now used for long-term parking and snow storage.At its last meeting, the council wasn’t sure which design it liked, and asked the architectural firm Gifford Spurck Associates to return with models of the buildings so they could get a better idea of the rooflines.Council members opted for the design with a historical feel, saying they’d like the architects firm to consider including wood, brick or rock in the building.Councilmember Eric Mamula said he was concerned that the four main rooms facing the highway were too repetitious, so the architectural firm plans to realign one of the rooflines to give it a less symmetrical appearance.The building the council chose from three designs also comes with the heftiest price tag – but the pitched metal roof will give it the lowest maintenance costs, noted architect Steve Dunlap.The total cost, including furniture, fixtures and equipment, is estimated to be $3.58 million. Architects outlined two other proposals last Tuesday. One featured a flat roof, giving it a more civic look similar to other buildings in town. Some of those include the library, Upper Blue Elementary School, Carriage House, the Parkway Center, the justice center and the recreation center.Another, which the planning commission said it preferred, featured more roof pitches in the roofline, mixing the civic look with a mountain theme. The third featured completely pitched rooflines all around, giving it a historic look.If they had opted for the first design, it would have cost $2.9 million. The second design was estimated at $3.53 million.At its last meeting, Councilmember J.B. Katz said she thought the building was too large considering Breckenridge’s needs.But Police Chief Rick Holman said the building was comparable to other towns of similar size. He plans to gather more specific information from other towns so the council can possibly make the price tag a little more palatable to the public.Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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