Plans for new Frederick police HQ take a step forward with OK of $19.8M contract

The process of building a new headquarters for the police department in Frederick, Maryland, took another step forward Thursday when Mayor Michael O’Connor and the Board of Aldermen approved a design and construction contract for the project.

The mayor and board unanimously approved a $19.8 million design-build contract with the Waynesboro Construction Co., the city government said in a statement Friday. The new 60,000-square-foot headquarters will be at the site of the William Donald Schaefer Building, at 100 E. All Saints St.

“The new headquarters for our Frederick Police Department is a critical need for our community, and a top priority for my administration,” O’Connor said in the statement. “This project aligns with our city’s strategic plan to maintain a safe and vibrant community and I am looking forward to taking the next steps in this process as we move closer to bringing this long-awaited project to fruition.”

“Tonight’s approval of Waynesboro Construction as the company that will design and build FPD’s new home is an exciting step in a long journey,” Police Chief Jason Lando added.

The process began in 2017, with a Space Needs Assessment from the police department. The city is projecting that the new headquarters will be operational by December 2024.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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