The proposed Law Enforcement Center was approved by Dallas County voters back in May and on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors got an update on the project from Design Alliance, the architecture firm in Waukee working on the project. David Harrison of Design Alliance was at the meeting to present to the board.
Harrison said that they have been meeting with different people involved with the project repeatedly to get all of the pieces in place and that they have formal meetings every other Monday afternoon and said that the meetings have been going very well.
“We’ve had a number of meetings with the Sheriff’s staff to review certain things such as the layout of the booking area and the detailed layout of the jail pod,” Harrison said. “We’ve worked through a number of things and we think we’ve made some serious improvements in the design through that process.”
He said that their consultants from Milwaukee have also been attending the meetings and participating in the process.
In the Sheriff’s administration area of the proposed building, Harrison said that they’ve been tweaking some layouts, specifically in the evidence storage area, the evidence return areas and the armory portions, as well as with some of the interview rooms so that they have better acoustical separation.
He also said they are currently working on the layout of the locker room area and incorporating changes with the electrical and mechanical on where equipment will go throughout the building.
Harrison said that there will be a meeting soon between Sid Samuels of the Samuels Group and the structural engineer at Design Alliance to discuss what parts of the building will be masonry or precast concrete, among other things.
Now, the civil engineer is working on a detailed site plan, after previous site plans were rejected by Design Alliance.
“They presented some site plan options, which, we didn’t really like them too much, so we sent them back to the drawing board,” Harrison said. “We’ve got four new options. Yesterday we, Design Alliance, met and discussed those and gave 10 different revisions to that that we wanted of the civil engineer.”
The next thing they will be doing is moving forward with the design development even though they will not present a schematic design to the board until next week.
“We’re not stopping because we need to keep this going as quickly as we can,” Harrison said.
Harrison said he believes that the conversation about the lagoon system out at the site where the building will be constructed, is critical. He said that they have been working with Bartlet Engineering and determining the capacity of the lagoons.
“We know that the coordination with the City of Adel regarding potentially connecting to that system is ongoing as well, but those calculations are continuing,” Harrison said.
Supervisor Chair, Kim Chapman, requested that county staff reach out to the City of Adel again to get an update as to where they are in those discussions.