Public Safety Center and Parking Garage
The City of Lafayette is constructing a Public Safety Center and Public Parking Garage on the south side of Columbia Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in downtown Lafayette.
As the City of Lafayette continues to grow, our citizens should have continued access to safety services, infrastructure that provides leading technology and innovative safety programs to meet the public’s expectations. The new structure will also assist in the City’s recruitment and retention of top talent to provide our residents a safe community.
The new connecting parking garage will support both the City staff and the public to enjoy the activities and events of Downtown or to do their daily business. With a continued focus on public spaces that serves our community, the site will include a green space between the parking garage and safety building for events, meetings and public gatherings.
The public is asked to participate in additional engagement opportunities by visiting the Virtual Meeting Room.
The City of Lafayette held a Topping Out Ceremony to place the last steel beam in the new Public Safety Center on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10 am, at the TCHA History Center outdoor plaza, corner of Columbia and 6th Street, downtown Lafayette, across from the construction site.
Mayor Tony Roswarski invited the citizens of Lafayette to sign the last beam on Monday, November 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. “As we prepare to set the final steel beam in place for the new Public Safety Building, we’d like to celebrate this milestone with the community,” states Mayor Roswarski. “By placing this ceremonial last beam atop this state-of-the-art facility, we want to recognize the investment the City of Lafayette is making to have continued access to safety services that will provide leading technology and innovative programs for our community now and well into the future.”
The last beam was painted white to highlight the signatures from the public. The white steel beam was on display along 6th Street adjacent to the construction site across from City Hall on November 1 from 6-8 pm for citizens to sign. Sixth Street is closed but pedestrian traffic was allowed access to sign the beam.
The Topping Out Ceremony, in the building construction field, is a tradition held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. It has since come to mean generally finishing the structure of the building. Customarily on the top of the last beam will be an American Flag, the City Flag, and an evergreen tree, symbolizing positive things – good luck for future occupants, continued growth, a safe job, and celebrates an important achievement of the construction project. The topping out practice dates back to ancient Scandinavian days.