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Topping Off: Last Steel Beam Put In Place For New Stamford Police HQ

The final beam is lifted into place Monday as construction continues on the new headquarters for the Stamford Police Department.
The final beam is lifted into place Monday as construction continues on the new headquarters for the Stamford Police Department. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
An artist's rendition of the new Stamford Police Headquarters. The glass lobby fronts on to Bedford Street. The site is adjacent to the current headquarters at 805 Bedford St.
An artist's rendition of the new Stamford Police Headquarters. The glass lobby fronts on to Bedford Street. The site is adjacent to the current headquarters at 805 Bedford St. Photo Credit: File
Police and other officials sign the last beam before the "topping-off" ceremony Monday for the new headquarters for the Stamford Police Department.
Police and other officials sign the last beam before the "topping-off" ceremony Monday for the new headquarters for the Stamford Police Department. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Police Chief Jon Fontneau speaks at the topping-off ceremony for the new police headquarters in downtown Stamford with Mayor David Martin, and Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski.
Police Chief Jon Fontneau speaks at the topping-off ceremony for the new police headquarters in downtown Stamford with Mayor David Martin, and Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Mayor David Martin, Police Chief Jon Fontneau and Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski at the topping-off ceremony for the new police headquarters in downtown Stamford.
Mayor David Martin, Police Chief Jon Fontneau and Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski at the topping-off ceremony for the new police headquarters in downtown Stamford. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Stamford held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new police headquarters on Feb. 28. The current headquarters can be seen in the background.
Stamford held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new police headquarters on Feb. 28. The current headquarters can be seen in the background. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford Police Department has reached a high point — literally — in the construction of its new headquarters.

A topping-off ceremony was held Monday afternoon as the last steel beam was put in place for the future new home of the police department.

Mayor David Martin, Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski, and Police Chief Jon Fontneau were on hand with other police officers and city officials to officially “top off” construction.

"This is a significant milestone for the project as the last steel beam of the upper floor will be installed," the Stamford Police Department said.

The construction site is at 725 Bedford St., the former site of the Police Maintenance Garage, next to the current headquarters.

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The construction is progressing quickly: The official groundbreaking ceremony was held back on the last day of February.

The new Stamford Police headquarters carries a $43 million price tag. The three-story, 94,245-square-foot building will be home to all of the specialty police units that are now housed in other locations because the current building doesn't have enough space.

The current headquarters, built in 1956, also has a severe asbestos problem.

The project, which was years in the planning and was spearheaded by Martin, is expected to be completed in February 2019, after 24 months of construction.

Related Story: Stamford's Hoyt-Barnum House Begins Slow Move To New Home

The new headquarters will be a welcoming one for the community, with a front entrance with glass walls, better access for the disabled and a community area in the lobby, which the police are planning to use for public and community activities.

To make room for the construction, the historic Hoyt-Barnum House was picked up from its downtown home last November and redeposited next door to the Stamford History Center.

O&G Industries is building the new headquarters, which was designed by Jacunski Humes Architects with Brian Humes as the architect.

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