- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The concrete second floor has been poured and workers have started on the third floor and roof of the new Tupelo Police Department building.

West Brothers Construction project supervisor Jim Shackelford tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1Uyjk6l) it takes three to five days for the concrete to cure enough to remove the scaffolding from one floor to bring it up to prepare for the next floor.

The use of structural concrete costs a little more, but it is sturdier and will last longer.

“If a tornado comes through, it might blow out the windows and the walls, but the structural frame will still be here,” Shackelford said.

The city broke ground on the $10 million, 34,000-square-foot police headquarters in early April. The first 10 weeks of the project were dedicated to giving the two-story building a stable foundation. In mid-June, the concrete pillars began to rise from the ground, and anyone driving past the site could see rapid changes.

Workers are currently moving scaffolding onto the second floor to pour concrete for the roof of the building. There will also be a third floor in the center of the building that will house the heating and cooling system and other mechanical systems.

“We have 25 to 40 workers each day on the job site, depending on what’s going on that day,” Shackelford said. “Once the concrete structure is complete, that number will jump to around 60 workers each day because we will have multiple crews working to install the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and masons working on the exterior walls.”

Plans for a new facility date to two city administrations ago, when city leaders issued bonds for a new police headquarters but never took action.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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