The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for the new James McGrane, Jr. Public Safety Complex in Tijeras. The Bernalillo County Fire Department, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Department East Mountain Area Command will all be housed in this state-of-the-art facility. Voters approved building this facility during the 2008 and 2010 general bond elections.
“The facility is a much needed improvement for public safety capabilities in the East Mountains and a fitting tribute to Deputy James McGrane, Jr., whose watch ended just a few short steps from the building that bears his name,” says District 5 Commissioner Wayne Johnson.
This construction project was completed 18 percent or $1.3 million under budget. The total cost of the project was $6.9 million. That includes the building itself, the work of the architects and the rebuilding of Public School Road. The left over $1.3 million will be used toward much needed upgrades at Fire Station 46 on Frost Road and at Station 41 at 10838 Highway 337. The Bernalillo County Fire Department has four stations in the East Mountains.
The James McGrane, Jr. Public Safety Complex was also designed with high energy efficiency in mind. “Green” features include energy efficient appliances, low flow toilets and showerheads, and low energy lighting on motion sensors that turn off lights when not in use.
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