Walla Walla to decide on police station bid

WALLA WALLA -- Construction is expected to begin on the city of Walla Walla's new police department in December.

The Spokane construction firm, T.W.Clark, has been identified as the low bidder for the new home of the Walla Walla Police Department. The bid will be considered for approval by the city council at its Oct. 27 meeting.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility will be built at the southeast corner of Second Avenue and Moore Street.

T.W.Clark's bid came in at just over $6.1 million, to include alternate construction plans in several different areas. This amount does not include nonconstruction costs associated with the building. Twelve bids were reviewed for the project, with the highest bid coming in at more than $6.8 million.

T.W.Clark has been the general contractor for several recent construction projects in Walla Walla including fire station 2 and the new Edison Elementary School.

The Walla Walla Police Department has been in the basement of city hall for 102 years.

In August 2009, city residents approved a $14.2 million bond to build and furnish the facility.