NEWS RELEASE: August 19, 2014
FROM: The Kansas Highway Patrol
CONTACT: LT Joshua Kellerman, KHP PIO, (785) 296-6800
KHP Breaks Ground for New Troop F Headquarters
New building comes after 21 years of attempting to secure a new facility
Today, the Kansas Highway Patrol was joined by Governor Sam Brownback and numerous state and local officials to break ground on what will be its new Troop F (south central region) headquarters, outside of Wichita. This new building comes after many attempts at securing funding, after outgrowing the current facility.
The new Troop F building will be built on land owned by the Kansas Department of Transportation. While the building will be entirely owned by the Kansas Highway Patrol, it will be shared with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The new 22,000 square foot facility will be located in Kechi, just north of K-254, and west of Rock Road. The Troop F area encompasses 13 counties in south central Kansas, including the Wichita metro area. No taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the $3.5 million building, and it will be paid for using asset forfeiture funds.
“This is an exciting time for the Kansas Highway Patrol. For many years, we have attempted to secure funding for a new headquarters building for the south central Kansas area. We are able to build the new facility, and it comes at no cost to taxpayers of Kansas,” Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Ernest E. Garcia said. “This new facility will more adequately meet our needs, and will carry us into the future. I am deeply appreciative of our partners at the Kansas Department of Transportation in helping us with the work and area for this new facility.”
The Kansas Department of Transportation has been of great assistance to the Patrol in efforts related to the new building. KDOT is allowing the Patrol to build on land that the department already owns, and has done much of the site development work for the project.
The Patrol currently resides in two offices in Wichita, with the headquarters being located at 3200 E. 45th North, Building 3. The agency moved into the current Troop F headquarters in the 1970’s. In the early 1990’s, the Patrol outgrew the space in the current building, creating varying problems throughout the years. In 1993, the Patrol made the first attempt at securing funding for the construction of a new Troop F facility.
The current office is not large enough to hold full staff meetings or training sessions; storage space has become an issue during times with large amounts of evidence; and at times there have been file cabinets stored in the hallways and a supervisor’s office was in what was originally a closet.Building design was completed by Emig and Associates Architects, Emporia. Work is now underway on the new building, which is being contracted by Walz, Harman, Huffman Construction Inc. of Kechi. The new office should be complete late next summer, with hopes that it will be ready for occupancy in July 2015.