Northern New England

DEW Construction Underway on Vermont State Police Complex

Public safety building for Vermont State Police

Williston, VT – DEW Construction announced that work is currently underway on a field station for the Vermont State Police, located on a forested 51-acre parcel off St. George Road in Williston.

The project will include a 22,561sf public safety building and an 11,022sf climate-controlled garage. The main building will feature office space, a public service answering point, holding cells, a sally port, secure evidence storage, locker rooms, conference rooms, storage space, and utility space. It will also house a 911 call center, the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force, the Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement division and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The climate-controlled garage will house the special team vehicles, as well as provide maintenance and utility space.

The project will include a 90 foot monopole radio tower with uninterrupted sightlines to Mount Mansfield and Camp Johnson with state-of-the-art radio communications systems, a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and generator backup for 24/7 operations. The station, which was moved from its former location on the northeast corner of the Exit 12 Interstate 89 interchange, will now reside on the northwest corner of the exit. A new turning lane and access road to the facility will also be built.

Some of the sustainability features of the complex include a closed loop geothermal system with ground source heat pump heating and cooling systems, LED lighting throughout with networked digital lighting controls for remote control and monitoring, integrated direct digital HVAC controls, and high-performance insulation systems and air sealing that exceed the Vermont Energy Code standards. Additionally, stormwater will be collected in a series of catch basins and enclosed piping and conveyed to two gravel wetlands. Each gravel wetland will have a forebay for pretreatment, and the stormwater will exit the wetlands via a controlled outlet structure. The stormwater system has been designed in accordance with the 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual.

DEW’s own forces are performing approximately 10% of the work on this project. DEW’s field crew is currently installing the insulated metal panels on the special teams garage. At the public safety building, they will install the roof trusses, framing and sheathing, and portions of the building’s exterior envelope, including windows, insulation air and vapor barriers, and the metal siding.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the Town of Williston and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services on another exciting project in our community,” said Chris Bertrand, general superintendent.

Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects is the architect on the project. Construction began in September 2022 and is expected to be completed this fall.