Norwich Township trustees on Monday approved $76,876 in change orders for the new Joint Safety Services Building, 4164 Avery Road.

Norwich Township trustees on Monday approved $76,876 in change orders for the new Joint Safety Services Building, 4164 Avery Road.

The building will house Norwich Township offices, township fire station 81 and the new Hilliard police station.

Change orders for general contractor Altman Company totaled $70,491. Changes include changing the door frames for electric locks, revising the equipment bay overhead doors to allow for higher clearance and installing bulletproof glass in the transaction windows of the police department.

Change orders for Converse Electric totaled $8,210 and included revisions to the wiring in the lobby and revising the interior transaction windows.

Radico Inc. is handling the plumbing for the building. They offered the township a credit of $1,826 in relation to concrete patching for plumbing work on a grease interceptor.

Dick McDermitt, construction manager for the township, told trustees 95 percent of the fire department side of the building has been dry-walled. He said the painter will start on that part of the building this week.

Metal partitions are almost done on the first floor of the new part of the building and door frames are being set, he said, and dry walling will begin soon.

Work on the parking lot has started on the east side of the building and out in front of the police department side. McDermitt said half the fencing has been installed.

The building's total estimated cost is $9.4-million. Construction began Oct. 10, 2007. The first floor of building will include a "sally port," where police cruisers will pull in when carrying suspects, Buck said. It will be next to holding cells.

The first floor also will feature work stations for officers, sergeants' offices, a dispatching center and the fire chief's office.

The second floor will house lieutenants' offices, a fire prevention bureau, and offices for the police chief and safety director.

Buck said a three-story tower attached to the building will be used for high-rise training.

The new building will cover about 63,000 square feet. The fire department will occupy 24,000 square feet and the police will use 29,000 square feet. The groups will share 10,000 square feet.

Some space in the building will be unused initially, set aside for future needs.

While construction continues on the building, station 81 is operating out of garages behind Hilliard City Hall. The garages house a fire engine and ambulance. The ladder truck is staying at station 83 at 4283 Davidson Road.

Buck said the building should be ready as early as November.