Celina’s community was able to see what the future headquarters for its police force will look like this week.
Celina Police Chief John Cullison stated that it is the biggest project currently in the city’s books. It will allow us to expand our ability to serve the public and is a catalyst for growth as a police force and as a city.
Tuesday’s council meeting saw Hal Sargent, President/CEO of Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects present renderings and a masterplan for the Celina Police Department Headquarters. These headquarters are slated to be located at Punk Carter Parkway and Coit Road. Sargent said that the plans had been around a year in the making.
The master plan Tuesday was presented. Phase one would include the main police headquarters building and an asset structure that Sargent stated could be used for a garage or utility area. Phase two would involve an expansion of both the police building as well the asset building. It also includes the addition of a supporting building and a training facility. The master plan also includes space for a jail and a 10-lane firing range.
Sargent stated that because of your incredible growth, the only way to really respond and be flexible was to build a one-story building. This is something that I don’t think anyone expected at the start.
He stated that the structure will be mostly made of heavy timber. He believes this is an interesting approach that requires accurate math.
He stated that it would be a very welcoming building, which is a desirable feature in a police facility.
Plans for the new police building include the creation a community and training area that will be located off of the main lobby. Cullison also suggested that the courtyard space could be used to host community events.
Cullison stated, “We want to get rid of that very monolithic approach.” We want it to be a friendly campus for both our staff and our visitors.