CORAL GABLES, Florida – The City of Coral Gables held a public groundbreaking on Friday for its new 190,000-square-foot public safety building that was attended by residents, local government leaders and city administrative staff.
Collectively planting commemorative shovels in the dirt to celebrate the moment were officials from the City of Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County. They were joined by representatives from The Weitz Company and project architect AECOM at the corner of Salzedo Street and Andalusia Avenue where the five-story building will be constructed on the fringes of downtown Coral Gables.
“This was a great day for the City of Coral Gables, its emergency responders and several of its administrative teams. We were honored to have been a part of it with them,” said Dennis Gallagher, executive vice president and general manager of The Weitz Company. “But our work is just beginning, and we’re looking forward to the months ahead when we’ll be able to take the vision of the city’s new public safety building and make it a reality.”
At 120,000 square feet, the new public safety building will function as the headquarters for the City of Coral Gables’ police department, fire department and Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It will house a 911 call center and first responders’ dispatch center; EOC command and operations; Fire Station 1; and the city’s human resources, information technology and labor relations departments. An adjoining parking garage, which will measure 70,000 square feet, will be part of the project’s scope of work to provide secure parking for 163 vehicles.
The project is scheduled for completion in fall of 2020.