Construction of Public Safety Complex running on schedule


Construction continues at the Public Safety Complex, a $10.6 million 2016 Capital Penny Sales Tax project, on Lafayette Drive.

The complex will include a 36,000-square-foot police department building and a 21,600-square-foot fire department building with a four-bay garage. The buildings will serve as new headquarters facilities for each department.

City of Sumter Construction Manager Michael Geddings said the construction of both buildings is running on schedule.

The exterior brick work and the interior framing of both buildings are still underway, he said.

Geddings said the exterior of the buildings are nearly complete except for some miscellaneous masonry work while the walls inside the police department building are about 95 percent framed, and the walls inside the fire department are about 30 percent framed.

Crews are also installing electrical wires, plumbing and sprinkler systems in both buildings, he said.

The project is running as planned and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, Geddings said.

Nearly three miles away, on Alice Drive, firefighters assigned to Alice Drive Fire Station have returned to their station after about six months of renovations.

Approximately 2,500 square-feet, in the form of additional restrooms and dorms for the male and female firefighters, were added to the station which was originally built in the early 1970s.

The fire station is now large enough to house three crews of six firefighters and three trucks where as it was built for two crews of four firefighters and one truck, according to Sumter Fire Chief Karl Ford.

In a previous interview, Ford said the renovation project cost about $700,000 and was funded by the city of Sumter through bonds.

On Thursday, Ford said firefighters were adding the finishing touches to the inside of the building by bringing in furniture and setting up a networking system to make the station more like home.

He said there will be a rededication and ribbon cutting for the fire station on Monday.