City Hires Manager For Police Station Construction

December 17, 2009

Plans for the new West University Place police station progressed to the next step recently when the city council chose a construction manager for the project.

After the city went out for bids, reviewed the submitted packages and interviewed firms, city staff chose Tellepsen to manage the project. The council on Dec. 14 approved the choice and an $8,000 payment to the firm for pre-construction services.

The council voted unanimously in late October to order design drawings on a plan that would put a new two-story police station on the grounds of city hall, adjacent to the existing station, which would be torn down after construction. Plans also include renovations for the fire station and finance department.

“At the end of the day, Tellepsen ranked highest,” said City Manager Michael Ross. Staff members ranked firms based on their history, personnel, experience, safety, references and many other factors.

Tellepsen is a family-owned business that has operated in Houston for 100 years. Ross said it has a track record of project safety and a good industry reputation. He said the city has been pleased with the company’s work on other West U. projects. Tellepsen is also in charge of building the new Recreation Center and Colonial Park Pool facility.

After the design is completed and the city receives competitive bids for construction, city staff will return to the council for approval of the construction phase of the project.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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