Troopers in Miami recently moved back into their old but new headquarters building. The Florida Highway Patrol’s Troop E vacated the 20-year-old headquarters in 2007 after a storm damaged the building, which led to mold and mildew. Troopers relocated temporarily to the adjacent Florida Department of Law Enforcement Complex.
In August 2010 a Miami-based construction company was awarded the project that included new electrical, plumbing, drywall/framing, interior wall/floor finishes, ceiling tile/lighting, heating and air systems, data/communication and addressed relevant life safety issues. Public and employee restrooms were transformed to meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and incorporated shower and locker upgrades into the employee restrooms to accommodate the facility’s 24-hour operation. Hurricane impact door systems were installed at the first floor entrances and the exterior balconies were waterproofed. The entire interior renovation was completed in January 2011, ahead of schedule and under budget. The Department’s Office Services unit coordinated the collection of modular furniture, offered by the Department of Revenue, for reuse at the Miami facility. Then DHSMV’s Supply team transported the furniture to the renovated facility for set-up by the FHP staff, all of which provided a substantial cost savings to the State.