Construction Wraps Up on Johnston’s New Public Safety Building

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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Construction workers are finally wrapping up work on the Johnston’s new public safety building and city officials are celebrating. City employees are excited to finally move into the new building, especially because it was supposed to be finished last year.

The original contract with CPMI Construction had a deadline of December 31st, paying the city $250 for every additional day. The construction company is blaming it on bad weather, but the company could owe the city nearly $50,000 for delays.

Officials haven’t decided if and how much money they plan on collecting from the company. Currently they are waiting for construction to wrap up and get everyone settled in the new building.

The building features a 40 foot tower which will provide neighboring cities with opportunities for training and will be Johnston's official emergency operations. The 46,000 square foot public safety building will house both the Johnston Police Department and Station 39 for the city’s fire department. This will be the first building housing both departments in Johnston.

Police Chief Bill Vaughn says he's most excited to have a building that reflects the quality of his team and draws in new talent. "It's a lot easier to take a recruit and hire competent candidates with a work environment."

The old building was not designed to be a public safety building. It's built to handle Johnston's growing population for at least the next 20 years. officials hope to move everyone in within the next few weeks. The city is holding an open house with tours on August 9th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.