Project Spotlight: Jersey City Public SafetyPublished 05 / 01 / 2023
The newly opened Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters, is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as the new headquarters for the Jersey City Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management. As one of the contractors involved in the construction of the building, EDA Contractors is proud to have contributed to this massive undertaking.
The six-story, 202,000 square-foot building, located at 55 Hackensack Avenue in Jersey City, includes administrative offices, training facilities, and equipment storage. It also features a state-of-the-art 911 call center and a modern dispatch center for the city's emergency services. The building was designed with input from the Jersey City Public Safety Department and features a range of cutting-edge technologies and resources to enhance public safety in the city.
Despite pushback from community members throughout the process, Councilmember Joyce Watterman says, “We invested in this area because we believe in the people here.” Jersey City hopes that the new building and resources it provides helps diminish violent crime as well as serve as a community center. Councilmember Frank Gilmore explains further, “The biggest thing for me is to see how this is going to diminish or deter violence in this area. That is what I am very interested in seeing is how this going to help our area move forward, move in the right direction, and make people begin to feel safe in their community.”
The new Public Safety Headquarters is not only a functional facility but also an aesthetically pleasing one. The building features a sleek and modern design that incorporates plenty of natural light, creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. The lobby includes a large, colorful mural that depicts the history of Jersey City, and a prominent flagpole outside the building proudly displays the American flag. EDA crews worked hard to match the vision for the building, installing approximately 5,200 square feet of Centria ACM paneling, coping, and louvers over mechanical areas. Behind the cladding, EDA completed waterproofing that included 3M AVB and EPDM.
The construction of the Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters represents a significant investment in the city's public safety infrastructure. The building is expected to have a positive impact on the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood, where it is located. The new facility is expected to create jobs and spur economic growth, contributing to the revitalization of the neighborhood. Overall, the completion of the Jersey City Public Safety Headquarters is a major accomplishment for the city, and everyone involved in the project. With its cutting-edge technologies and resources, the building represents a significant step forward in the city's efforts to enhance public safety and provide the highest quality of service to its residents.