The Merriam Police Department would get an expansion under an architect’s proposal.The Merriam Police Department needs space.When it was built in 2004, the police station, which sits on the same property with city hall, was built 33 percent smaller than the projected needs of the department because of budget constraints, according to a post on the department site.The Merriam City Council this week approved funding the design of an addition to the police department that would solve three concerns identified about the current facility: The ventilation and size of the property room; the efficiency and cost of ongoing repaired of the HVAC system; locker room space for all employees.Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels presented a report from Hoefer Wysocki Architecture outlining the problems with the facility and proposed solutions. Merriam City Administrator Phil Lammers told the council the city is interested in doing an expansion of the police department sooner rather than later. Entering a contract for design this year could make construction possible in 2017.Among the options is replacing or right-sizing an HVAC system that is oversized for the building and causes efficiency problems, wearing out equipment. The system also draws fumes into the building. The property room does not vent toxic odors from the work space so the work station has been placed in the hallway. Not all officers have locker space and it is damp, Daniels said.Under one architectural proposal, the locker room space would be doubled and the property room would increase from 427 to 800 square feet. The plan also would expand the investigations area to house four detectives plus a crime analyst and mental health co-responder.The full space needs study report can be found here.