For those who love to play with Tonka toys, you won’t want to miss an extremely large crane carefully place five heating and air conditioning units on top of the roof of Kirkland’s Public Safety Building. The 550-ton crane with a 196 foot boom will be on site on Saturday, November 23, 2013 around 9 a.m. to begin loading the units and will work throughout most of the day. Each unit weighs up to 25,000 pounds. The 100,000+ square foot building is being remodeled to house the City’s Police Department and Municipal Court and is located at 11831 120th Avenue NE. Public parking will not be allowed on-site however, viewing is available from the adjacent Fred Meyer supermarket and Totem Hill Plaza.
The Kirkland Public Safety Building features the following and is expected to be operational in the summer of 2014:
- Security fence to be installed around the north parking lot.
- Designed for a 55 jail beds with “rough out” for additional 30 beds.
- Indoor firing range.
- Design provides for secure staff entrances and public entrances for police and court visitors.
- Building will have one community meeting space.
- A plaza area will be outside of the front entrances.
- The City seeks to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver designation for the building.