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(July 19, 2018)

Mayor Jean Stothert and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer will break ground July 25th for the West Police Precinct building, located at 209th & Cumberland in Elkhorn.

In March 2017, Mayor Jean Stothert and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced plans to build the 5th precinct and expand the number of Omaha police officers to 900. Current precinct boundaries will be adjusted when the precinct building opens in July 2019. The Traffic Unit, Bomb Squad and Emergency Response Unit will also move to the new precinct building.

“Adding a new precinct and reaching 900 officers is part of our strategic plan to provide the resources our police department needs to provide excellent services throughout the City,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “A single building designed to be the home of multiple units is a great example of how we are meeting our goals to run OPD more efficiently while being good stewards of the taxpayer dollars.”

“The new West Precinct will not only provide for even police coverage of the city, it also give us economy of scale as it will house three police units; uniform patrol, Emergency Response and the Traffic Unit. I am excited about this project,” said Chief

The construction contract will be on the July 24 City Council agenda for approval. Bids ranged from $9.1 million to lowest bid of $8,816,400 from ConStruct, Inc.  Project costs will be paid with Public Facilities bonds included in the 2019 Capital Improvement Plan. 

Leo A Daly is the project architect. The design creates a highly functional, secure facility for a wide range of police functions while maintaining a welcoming civic expression to the community.

“We really wanted our design to be as functional and safe as possible for the officers, while keeping a friendly, inviting feeling for the public,” said Architect Stacy Feit. “Our design includes all the necessities for the day to day life of the officers.  At the same time, we wanted to create a warm, inviting space for the public to use.” 

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday July 25th at 11:30am at 209th & Cumberland.

Omaha West Precinct Building Information - Leo A Daly

The building is positioned centrally on the site which sets up the organizational structure of the building’s internal layout. The foreground of the building consists of public parking and an entry plaza. The plaza is made up of functional landscape that integrates protective barriers, benches, site walls and shade trees to form an outdoor “room” as an extension of the public lobby. A gated “secure perimeter” surrounds the rear portion of the site and provides a secure outdoor space for police vehicle circulation.

The functional zones of the building are reinforced through the expression of material and form. The front of the building creates a lantern effect that is intended to invite the public into the building and to encourage community member and police collaboration. The building features a meeting room available for public use. The secure police functions are emphasized on the exterior with more functional materials including architectural metal panel cladding and brick.

Inside, a north/south circulation spine provides a clear circulation path within the building, connecting the various divisions and centrally located shared spaces. The treatment of these interior spaces emphasizes functionality, security, durability, and construction economy.

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