Maryland Department of General Services Joins Maryland State Police in Groundbreaking for New Cumberland Police Barrack
CUMBERLAND, MD – The Maryland Department of General Services (General Services) today participated in the groundbreaking for the new Cumberland/Lavale Barrack C in Western Maryland. General Services, charged with managing all design and construction contracts for the project, is working closely with the Maryland State Police on this mission critical facility.
“As the lead agency for state building construction, we know the importance of delivering a quality project to our client agencies, and ultimately to the people of Maryland,” said Secretary Ellington E. Churchill, Jr. “We will continue to work closely with the Maryland State Police and will oversee construction progress to ensure that this new facility meets their high standards for public safety and security.”
General Services is responsible for overseeing the planning, budgeting, and design of the $12.5 million barracks, and manages all design aspects for the facility, including reworking the building and site layout at the location.
“Today, we break ground to commence the construction of a barrack unlike any we have ever seen in the 98-year history of the Maryland State Police,” said Colonel William Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. “This will be a facility that provides a high level of safety and efficiency for our troopers and civilian support staff.”
The building’s design incorporates best practices in public safety design and resolves the many deficiencies from the old building. The new barracks will meet all standards of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code, and will utilize variable refrigerant volume heating and air conditioning technology for a highly efficient and comfortable interior.
As a one-level, fully ADA-compliant facility, the duty officer will be able to monitor all activity in the barrack without leaving the post. The barracks will also house the first sallyport designed for a state police barracks, allowing for safe and secure transfer of detainees, as well as protection from the elements.
The building is 19,733 gross square feet and sits on 2.13 acres. The project represents a significant investment in Allegany County. Construction is scheduled to take 18 months, with a tentative completion date of early 2021.
The general contractor for the project is Callas Contractors, Inc. from Hagerstown. Their construction team includes numerous subcontractors from Western Maryland, meeting the state’s 30% MBE and 10% veteran participation goals. Other local companies include Hetrick Masonry (Corriganville), RH Lapp & Sons (Cumberland) for mechanical and plumbing work and Braddock Construction (Frostburg), an MBE contractor for paving. The design team is Manns Woodward Studios, a White Marsh-based architectural firm well-versed in public safety architecture.
About DGS: The Department of General Services is responsible for essential services and programs administered on behalf of the state, including procuring goods and services; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; and providing essential services such as fuel management, disposition of surplus property and records management. The Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police maintains safety and security at state buildings.