By RACHAEL LONG
Brentwood city leaders met Monday night with representatives from The Architect Workshop for a special work session to discuss details for a new police headquarters building.
The company’s report for the City Commission included a breakdown of the initial project budget of $29.9 million. Of that sum, $1 million was being considered for exterior building materials.
Right now, the project is in a phase where city officials have to weigh design desires with the budget, a process which can take time. The main question posed to city leaders at Monday’s special work session was, “What is high quality civic architecture?”
Members of the Board of Commissioners discussed things like possible maintenance costs over time and desired building aesthetics.
“We’ve always been frugal and yet tried to have what appeals to Brentwood, and I say that with a lot of pride,” City Commissioner Regina Smithson said. “I think that having, aesthetically, a really nice looking police headquarters and having it function like it should and not throw the whole bank at it, I think that’s our goal.”
Police Chief Jeff Hughes was present for the session and talked with city leaders about the building’s functionality. He also weighed in on the possibility of having an on-site fuel-pumping station, telling commissioners the convenience was “certainly not a deal breaker.”
Members of the Commission recommended city staff look into details like long-term maintenance costs and liability concerns which could be associated with a fuel-pumping station.
While nothing is final, city leaders settled on the use of limestone for part of the building’s exterior, but plan to look into other mid-grade materials which might be closer to natural stone.
City Manager Kirk Bednar reminded the commission that the figures in front of them were strictly budgetary and could change once they start to see bids for construction.