Consultants: New Bainbridge police-fire building to cost $15.3 million

An illustration of a new stand-alone facility for the Bainbridge Island Police Department. - Image courtesy of the city of Bainbridge Island/Mckenzie, Inc.
An illustration of a new stand-alone facility for the Bainbridge Island Police Department.
— image credit: Image courtesy of the city of Bainbridge Island/Mckenzie, Inc.

A new combined facility for Bainbridge Island's police and fire departments will cost $15.3 million, according to a just-released report consultant's report.

The city of Bainbridge Island and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department hired Mckenzie, Inc. last year to investigate the potential for the two agencies to share a building.

Bainbridge police have long said their existing building, on the downtown corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305, is outdated and undersized.

Bainbridge fire officials have also noted space constraints in their existing headquarters; Station 21 on Madison Avenue.

The consultant's report does not recommend whether the two departments should locate in a single facility. Rather, it leaves that decision up to city and fire department officials.

"BIFD and COBI need to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of co-developing these facilities and then make a decision if they are proceeding together or separately," the report states. "The next steps and schedule for implementation will vary based on the approach of proceeding separately or together."

The consultants noted that officials with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department want to go to voters this November with a bond issue to pay for new facilities, however.

The total costs of a bond for fire department facilities could be substantial, according to the report.

The consultants recommend that Station 21 on Madison Avenue, which was built in 1978 and remodeled and expanded in 2002, be replaced.

The cost of a new headquarters station — without adding room for Bainbridge police — is estimated at $10 million.

Construction costs for a new 29,898-square-foot facility total $7.4 million, with consultant costs estimated at $1.1 million.

The replacement of Station 22, the fire department's south end station that was built in 1959, is also proposed.

The cost for a new Station 22 is $5.8 million. Construction costs for a new 14,900-square-foot fire hall total $4.2 million, with consultant costs estimated at $721,000. The total project estimate also includes sale taxes and other costs.

Upgrading Station 23, the department's station on Phelps Road NE, is estimated to cost $1.1 million.

Station 23 was built in 1995 and is the island's newest fire hall. Construction costs for the upgrade are estimated at $600,051, with consultant costs totaling $302,624.

All told, the cost for fire station upgrades and replacements total $16.9 million.

The cost of a new Bainbridge Island police station is estimated at $7.6 million, a figure that does not include land costs for the proposed 19,270-square-foot building.

Mckenzie estimates the construction cost of a stand-alone police department building would total $5.7 million. Consultant costs are estimated at $899,022.

The consultants said the fire department should move "promptly" on new facilities.

"Upon conclusion of this study, it is apparent that none of the existing facilities meet the long-term needs of [the Bainbridge Island Fire Department]," the report states. "Our recommendation is for BIFD to move forward with replacement facilities for Fire Station 21 and 22 and remodel and expand Fire Station 23. The state of conditions for Fire Station 21 and 22 are extremely poor."

The consultants said the existing station do not have enough space for current or future operations, do not meet handicap accessibility requirements, and don't comply with current seismic code regulations for essential facilities.

"Our recommendation is that BIFD secure funding for capital improvements of said projects within the year," the report said.

The consultants also recommended that the city of Bainbridge also move forward with building a new police department.

City officials need to decide on a location, and also the new building should include space for municipal court.

Consultants from Mckenzie also said that the city needs to decide if Bainbridge police should have a stand-alone police/municipal court facility, or if the new police building (with or without municipal court) should be a standalone facility or shared with Fire Station 21 to create a new public safety building.

The Bainbridge city council is expected to get a presentation on the consultant's report at its council meeting on Monday, June 16.

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