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Project #108 - Communications Center Expansion

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Location
Park and Ajo  
Status
Completed  
Total Estimated Project Cost
$9,630,215.38  
Expenditures to Date Through 4/30/2015
$9,009,838.27  
Estimated date of completion as of 3/10/2015
4/15/2015  
Project Contact
Joe Gulotta (791-3182)  

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Description
The project will renovate and expand the existing police, fire and 911 facilities at the Thomas Price Service Center. In addition to the physical construction, the existing radio system will be transitioning to the regional Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN) radio system.

The new PCWIN radio system will be replacing a 32 year old radio system that has exceeded its service life. This project will incorporate the use of Pima County Bond money and City of Tucson money. The physical construction and expansion will allow dispatchers to operate with the latest dispatch design and equipment as well as providing the addition space for improved operations and training. The overall project completion will provide for radio interoperability with other emergency services in the region.  
Additional Info
 
Designation(s)
City of Tucson  
Last Update
5/11/2015  

Project #108 - Status

06-May-15 The project is complete.
10-Apr-15 The project is schedule to be complete on April 15th.
13-Feb-15 Fire dispatchers began the transition back into the new fire dispatch center on February 2nd. This process requires the coordination of several City departments including GS-Comm Maint, AE and City IT as well as technicians from Motorola and Century Link. This team is moving each dispatch position, with all the associated equipment, one position at a time. Once the position is up and running it must go through a series of tests to make sure the equipment is functioning correctly. It is expected to have the last position moved by next week.
09-Jan-15 Both police and fire are in the last fews weeks of having to operate out of the same space. Construction on the new Fire side is complete. Fire administrative personnel have moved into their new offices. On February 2nd will begin transitioning Fire dispatchers into the new Fire side of the center. The transition is estimated to take 2-weeks to complete. This will complete Phase 2 of the project.
02-Dec-14 Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is complete. Facility parking lot is being renovated. On February 2nd will begin transitioning Fire dispatchers into the new Fire side of the center. This will complete Phase 2 of the project.
06-Nov-14 Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is complete. This completes Phase 2 of the project. Phase 3 will be on hold until the new Century Link phone system is installed. Relocation of the Fire employees will be delayed due to the implementation of the new 911 phones.
08-Oct-14 The project is on schedule. Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is near completion. Furniture and dispatch equipment installation will be complete by October 13th. Relocation of the Fire employees may be delayed due to the proposed 911 phone changes by Century Link.
03-Sep-14 The project is on schedule. Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is schedule for completion by October 10, 2014. Furniture and dispatch equipment installation will begin October 13th. Fire dispatchers will begin to relocate soon after.
05-Aug-14 The project is on schedule. Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is well underway and is on schedule for completion by October 10, 2014. Furniture and dispatch equipment installation will begin October 13th. Fire dispatchers will relocate soon after.
03-Jul-14 The project is on schedule. Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is underway and is on schedule for completion by October 10, 2014. Furniture and equipment installation will begin October 13th and we will begin to relocate Fire dispatchers.
10-Jun-14 The new project schedule has the completion date approximately 45 days sooner than originally predicated. This is primarily due to having more accurate time lines for scheduled work. Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Construction on the new Fire side is underway and expected to be complete by October 10, 2014. Furniture and equipment installation will begin October 13th and we will begin to relocate Fire dispatchers.
01-May-14 Police and Fire continue to operate out of the new police dispatch center. Demolition is underway in the original center and will be followed by 8 months of construction.
09-Apr-14 Construction on the police side, and fire temporary side of the communication center is completed. Police and Fire continue to work out of the new side of the dispatch center. As of April 9th both Fire and Police are successfully operating on the new radio system. This was a major milestone in the project which allows us to move forward with phase 2 of the project; construction of the Fire side of the center.
07-Mar-14 Construction on the police side, and fire temporary side of the communication center is completed. Police and Fire are now working out of the new side of the dispatch center ahead of schedule. In the process of removing the existing dispatch furniture in preparation of the demolition which begins on April 14th.
06-Feb-14 Construction on the police side, and fire temporary side of the communication center is completed. Police and Fire are moving into the new space one dispatch position at a time. The movement of each position requires a coordinated effort between several different agencies and city departments. Representatives from each agency and department meet every morning to plan out that days move. This slow, methodical movement increases our ability to transition dispatch positions without a negative impact on operational readiness or service to the public. City IT and General Services have been doing a great job, and working long hours to make sure the transition is smooth. Maintaining existing radio equipment for a period of time as a contingency during the move. All Police and Fire dispatchers and supervisors will be working in the new area by March 14, 2014.
09-Jan-14 Construction on the police side, and fire Temp side of the communication center is completed. Motorola has completed the radio consoles install and testing. As a result of delays by the State to approve the new Century Link managed services, we have decide to relocate existing 911 phone equipment from the current facility to the new facility. There will be additional cost to make this move, but the delays were no longer be acceptable.
05-Dec-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is completion. The contractor is finishing some last minute details. Motorola has completed the radio consoles installed and is finishing up the back room wiring. Due to delays with the Go Live date for the PCWIN system, and the new Century Link 911 phone system, the construction schedule completion date is now January 30, 2015.
05-Nov-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is nearing completion. The contractor is finishing some last minute details before the final inspection by the City. Motorola has completed the radio consoles installed and is finishing up the back room wiring. Due to delays with the Go-Live date for the PCWIN system, and the new Century Link 911 phone system, the construction schedule completion date is now January 30, 2015. These delays are outside of project control.

02-Oct-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is nearing completion. The contractor is finishing some last minute details before the final inspection by the City. Motorola has completed the radio consoles installed and is finishing up the back room wiring. The project continues to move alone as expected.
13-Sep-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is nearing completion. The contractor is finishing some last minute details and is working with the technology vendor as they install radio equipment. Motorola has about half of the radio consoles installed. The project continues to move alone as expected.
02-Aug-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is nearing completion. Estimated completion for this phase is end of August. Dispatch furniture is being installed and Motorola will begin to install desk top radio equipment on August 19th. The project continues to move along as expected.
03-Jul-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center continues. Estimated completion for this side is end of August. There will be a delay in moving both police and fire into the new area. The delay involves the implementation of new radio equipment, training staff and the installation of operational equipment. The project continues to move alone as expected.
04-Jun-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center continues. Furniture orders for the police side have begun, ordered furniture for the dispatch area of the police side. This includes the work-station consoles that the dispatchers will use.
City IT project manager is onboard and working with staff on the transition plan. Each section has begun to have more localized/team meetings to further define the logistics of the transition.
02-May-13 on the police side of the communication center continues. Walls are going up, and the area is beginning to take shape. The photographic record system is up and running. City IT project manager is onboard and working with staff on the transition plan. Each section has begun to have more localized/team meetings to further define the logistics of the transition.
05-Apr-13 Construction on the police side of the communication center is underway. The photographic record system is up and running. The project team is still determining how to share login/password rights, and with whom. Fire began meeting with City IT and their new project manager regarding the transition plan. Each section has begun to have more localized/team meetings to further define the logistics of the transition.
08-Mar-13 Work was completed on three main electronics rooms. These rooms will be used by Pima County and City of Tucson to house the radio equipment for this project. Construction will be ramping up on the police side of the center. A photographic progress management program has started. This is a means of documenting the work performed, and to provide the city visual updates. Once it is up and running, people with access can log in and view the progress of the project. Fire continues to work with City IT and their new project manager to align all the technology needs with the construction schedule.
05-Feb-13 Construction is underway on the police side of the center. The completion of this side of the project is scheduled for June of this year. Once completed, both police and fire will move in and share space while the existing space is renovated. Project Team working with City IT and their new project manager to align all the technology needs with the construction schedule.
02-Jan-13 The contractor has provided the City their guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the project. Construction is underway on the police side of the center. We continue to have the plans reviewed by City of Tucson Facilities Management. These reviews will assure that the plans, and construction meet City standards.
03-Dec-12 Project construction documents (CDs) are at 95% complete. City Facility Management trades are reviewing specific areas of the plans to assure they are in-line with City standards.
08-Nov-12 Total project construction documents (CDs) are at 50%. Project schedule is being de-conflicted with the other PCWIN projects. Construction scheduled to begin on phase 1A on 11/2/2012.

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