Plans for a new police and municipal building in Roanoke continue to move toward construction as the Roanoke City Council approved a couple of measures at the Dec. 12 meeting.

The background

The new building will be constructed at Fairway Drive and Park Drive. Roanoke Police Chief Jeriahme Miller previously told Community Impact that the building would take 18 months to construct. Officials hope to break ground this winter. City officials said the project consists of a new 43,006-square-foot building and a 16,892-square-foot indoor gun range.

The details

Council approved a $10.26 million bid by Fort Worth-based contractor Sedalco Construction Services for all the sitework, underground utilities and structural package to include concrete and steel. Approval of this package allowed Sedalco to begin construction, which started Dec. 18.

Also at the meeting, council approved the Geo-Tex construction material testing proposal of $180,000 for the Roanoke police and municipal court building.

City leaders contracted with GeoTex-Engineering, formerly D&S Engineering, to conduct the geotechnical investigation of the site/building, including for continuity of responsibility at the site. Geotex-Engineering will represent the city’s interests for independent third-party quality assurance testing of building pads, pavement subgrades, concrete, steel, storm shelter certification, reinforcement and more, a council agenda states.