Large mounds of dirt and strategically placed foundations are popping up along the south entrance of Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC).

Large mounds of dirt and strategically placed foundations are popping up along the south entrance of Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC).

The school's new public safety training center is underway.

In February the career tech officially marked the beginning of the huge project that is poised to make an even larger impact on the community for years to come.

The structure is to be named the Marty Lewis Public Safety Training Facility, after GCTC's current superintendent. Lewis will finish his role as superintendent at the end of June — so he will watch completion of his namesake from the sidelines.

GCTC School Board President Gary Crain said the decision to recognize Lewis was to honor his administrative capability, saying it fosters a culture of united purpose and commitment to serve people of this area.

As a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol supervisor, Crain said providing the latest and best training for emergency responders can make the difference between life and death in a critical situation.

Public Safety Training Facility

The $5 million facility adjacent to 45th Street and the GCTC south entrance is set to house training for area high school students and working law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.

The more than 20,000 square-foot facility will include four classrooms, a paramedic training lab, firearm simulation room, driving simulation room, workout space, large meeting room, fire training tower and additional water features for fire equipment.

Construction is scheduled for completion in December.

Watch for updates.