2 major city projects unfolding
By Mike Mathes
An artist’s sketch of the new Kiel Police Station was rendered by Hameister Associates, who is serving as the architectural firm for the upcoming construction of the new city building.

Kiel’s nerve center will be busier than usual this year.

A pair of projects, slated to cost $2 million total will change the shape of operations in Kiel City Hall and the Kiel Police Department.

Half of the bill will be spent on constructing a new, stand-alone structure to house the Kiel Police Department. The KPD will be relocated to the new building set to be build west of the current city hall.

The other half of the investment will be used to renovate and modernize the existing Kiel City Hall.

Kiel’s City Council authorized the projects last year, shifting the serious planning into full gear.

Fall in the sights

Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser said the KPD is hoping to move the police department through its paces in time for a move this fall.

Currently, the department is working with architectural firm Hameister Associates to finalize its designs.

Final plans need to be forwarded to the State of Wisconsin for approval before bidding can take place.

“Our goal is to start construction in mid-to late-spring this year,” Chief Funkhouser said.

He added that the planning for a police station is more complex than most buildings. The facility represents the center of emergency government. It must have secured areas that accommodate safety for staff, for those in custody and for the general public alike.

Chief Funkhouser said the building will be functional without any frills. “It will be nice, but it will not be high end. We have to live within the limits that were set. “Our biggest concerns are the flow and the layout, along with security,” he noted. Planning is also being done with an eye to accommodate future growth as needed.

Taking in bid options

While the department is looking at a 5,000 square foot facility that includes a 1,400 square foot garage. Other options are also being considered, provided they can fit intot the budget. Base plans for the garage call for three vehicle bays, while a larger garage option will seek the cost for a four-vehicle bay.

Among the features being built into the new police station will be....

n a 24-hour vestibule access where officers can be contacted;

n a secured lobby area;

n separate offices for captain and other officers;

n improved locker space;

n secure pathways to bring those in custody to interrogation rooms;

n single floor access for all personnel in the windows.

The city hall auditorium will likely be

heated by a separate unit placed atop the building. It will allow for a more efficient heating system.

Preliminary estimates on the heating, ventilation and air condition system indicate that project along might chew up one fifth of the project cost.

To that end, the city is working with EcoManity, an energy consulting firm from Elkhart Lake, who will be seeking grant opportunities through Focus on Energy.

Window replacement issues

and those in custody; and n a larger, more secure evidence storage area.

Chief Funkhouser noted that the building is being planned to allow expansion to the south if needed in the future.

Kiel’s police department has essentially functioned out of the same space it once held when the city hall was built in 1928. That area not only included the office space, but a pair of jail cells and a tramp cell.

Funkhouser, in his eighth year as chief, said the city was talking about the KPD renovation 10 years before he came. “After almost 20 years, it’s finally becoming a reality,” he said.

City Hall renovation

With a similar $1 million price tag reserved for City Hall renovations, planners have already been handed a reminder that repairs are needed.

The original boiler, installed in 1928, still heats the city hall. That boiler suffered a failure during a recent cold snap. State inspectors granted the city the privilege of using the boiler through the end of this heating season, giving the city some time to get the new heating plant in place.

Jim Grott, of Briarwood Building Services, who is serving as the project manager for city hall upgrades, said the new heating/cooling solution will be developed from design-build plans submitted by local contractors. “We went out for proposals to enable contractors to give us their best ideas for the project,” Grott said.

One plan being considered would replace the heating boiler and the current forced steam heating with a heated/ cooled water system. Two main boilers would fire the system. The city is also looking into the possibility of using a geothermal heat pump to help save on energy costs.

Upgraded efficiencies in the heating and cooling system could save the city approximately $6,500 a year in energy costs.

Individual exchanger cabinets will replace the current radiators and will channel separate heating and cooling areas within the building, each with separate temperature controls.

Grott said that the poured concrete walls and high windows helped dictate the type of system that can be used.

The central cooling system will replace individual air conditioning units Beyond the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work, the next project will be tackling the windows in the building. Grott said the windows are still the original design. The double hung windows are in a significant state of disrepair.

Following the windows, the project manager said the city will look at options for replacing the roof on Kiel City Hall.

Tuck pointing will be needed on some of the brick exterior and the steps at the entrances will need to be replaced, as the concrete is deteriorating.

Wood trim is also an issue on the buildings exterior. Grott said the city may use synthetic wood replacement materials which hold up better in the elements.

Office space arrangements

At the same time, Grott is also working with city officials on plans to maximize the office space inside city hall.

Initial plans being discussed include moving the offices of the treasurer and public works director to the south side of the building. This would enable space for enlarging the first floor bathroom area.

As plans proceed, each segment of the plan will come before the City Council for approval.