Prattville's new public safety building ahead of schedule

Published: May. 13, 2016 at 9:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM CDT
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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Talk about a transformation in fairly quick order! The old Continental Eagle building on the old Daniel Pratt property looked decrepit and unloved in mid-March. Today, it has entirely different look.

The overgrown shrubbery is gone. The new curbing is done for the most part outside, and inside construction crews are hard at work plastering sheetrock mud.

Prattville's new public safety building will house the police and fire departments, along with the Autauga County EMA office and the city's IT division.

Paul Gordon is the owner of the company in charge of the renovation work. The building itself has strong bones. It was built in the 1960s.

"This is a great project. Construction during that time was different than today's construction," Gordon, owner of W.W. Compton Construction in Montgomery, admitted.

The foyer will be modern.

"We're currently installing what we call a 'cloud' ceiling with special lighting," Gordon explained.

High tech and advanced throughout this 28,000 square foot building.

One police captain is counting down the days until he can move in.

"It's coming along real good," said Capt. Patrick Kowalczyk. "As far as storage for evidence and files, this will definitely be a plus for us. We'll have much more room."

The Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority purchased the building during a mortgage foreclosure sale for $1.7 million. That was a year and a half ago.

"It will have unique features where the public can come in and pay their tickets, and a bulletproof glass..."

By combining all departments, they will have easy access to each other during a natural disaster. News conferences will be held here, and the entire building is big enough to accommodate around 80 employees.

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