Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said he looks forward to moving into the new headquarters by the end of the year and out of the cramped spaces and cold offices on Main Street.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office broke ground on its new Browns Bridge Road headquarters Thursday, which is to be located near the Hall County Government Center.
“The building that we’re currently in is — we’re full and have been for quite some time. We’ve had to convert janitor’s closets and other areas into office space and doubling people up in very small rooms,” Couch said.
The construction, which received funding through SPLOST VI, is two weeks ahead of schedule.
The current headquarters on Main Street is roughly 25,000 square feet, which is expected to double, Couch said.
With an estimated 100,000 more people in Hall County by 2030, the new headquarters and the surrounding campus will allow for the growth needed to support the county.
The intended plan is to move in by December barring any weather delays. The latest would be February 2016, said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.
“I think just having that area will provide enough future land for future buildings that the government will need to operate as we move forward into that future,” Couch said.
In addition to the size, the energy efficiency in terms of heating and air are major concerns in terms of saving money.
The new headquarters looks to employ more efficient lighting than the headquarters built back in the late 1980s.
“I think it’s going to be something that we can all be proud of ... and it’s going to be much, much more energy-efficient than we have now.”