Gwinnett police headquarters to get $3.5M renovation

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County will soon begin renovations at the Gwinnett County Police Department's headquarters to make better use of space that has been vacated in the building.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved the project during its meeting Tuesday. Nearly $3.5 million will be paid to low bidder Cooper and Company General Contractors for the construction.

The renovation will be funded by sales tax dollars. The completed project will save the county about $21,000 a year in the general fund because of decreased maintenance and operations costs, said Ron Hovell, the county's director of capital projects.

The police headquarters, located on Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville, is about 67,000 square feet. About 54,000 of that is included in the renovation. The project will reconfigure space within the building to meet the department's current needs, including consolidating and increasing space used for evidence storage, Hovell said.

Space within the headquarters building was vacated last year when the 911 center moved next door into the new Police Annex and E-911 center. Furthermore, an indoor firing range that occupied about 5,000 square feet of space in the building closed years ago.

The construction will reconfigure rooms within the building and install lights and HVAC equipment that is more energy efficient, Hovell said.

The renovation will start in July and will take about a year. When it's done, the county will save $9,100 a year that is currently used to rent storage space for evidence. It will also result in about $12,000 a year in energy savings, which is roughly 10 percent of cost of the electricity bills for the building, Hovell said.