New Police Station Approved, Summer Construction Planned
March 7, 2017
The Village Board unanimously approved the construction of a new Police Station that will include a two-level building of approximately 70,500 square-feet and a 10,000 square foot garage. Construction of the $27.9 million station is expected to begin this summer.
The 38-year-old Police Station no longer adequately serves the needs of a modern-day, 24/7, 365 days-a-year Police Department. The facility, located at 200 E. Sigwalt Street, is between Village Hall and Fire Station and is the last building on the municipal campus to be updated. It was built in 1978 as a 37,435 square foot facility that housed 80 officers and 12 support staff – the Department has grown to a current total staff of 139.
Watch the Village Board discussion regarding the final approval for the new Police Station
For years, the Village had the building studied by specialized firms to determine viable options for updating it to better accommodate the space needs for modern-day Police operations. The comprehensive studies determined that a renovation or expansion was not a viable option due to the numerous architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection issues with the current Station.
In addition to space constraints of the current facility, the Village learned that it would cost millions of dollars just to continue maintaining the Police Station as a serviceable building because of the significant repairs that were needed.
Instead of investing millions of dollars in the aging structure that is outdated and inadequate for today’s policing needs, the Village Board decided to move forward on a redevelopment of a new Police Station. In planning for a new facility, it was determined that a new, larger station could fit on the existing footprint, which is part of the municipal campus. Building a new station by using the current site eliminated the need to purchase property for a new facility.
Construction of the new Police Station, which will be built between Village Hall and Fire Station 1, is estimated to cost $27.985 million. Funding for the construction, architectural and engineering expenses, parking improvements, demolishing the current facility and renting a temporary space for the Police Department was covered through selling a bond issue for $32.9 million with 2.93% interest.
The planned layout of the first and second floors of the new Police Station is designed to promote functional adjacencies aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of police services. The proposed layout of the first floor includes a public information desk, booking area, the patrol division and the records areas. View March 6th Police Station Project presentation
Plans for the second floor includes the investigations and community services divisions, administration, a workout area and locker rooms. The basement would include a firing range, training room, forensic laboratory and evidence storage. The Village is also planning to renovate and utilize a portion of Village Hall’s 4th floor for long term Police Department storage and long term off site storage in the Police Annex (former unused Fire Department facility). Utilization of existing facilities helps provide cost effective solutions.
Legat Architects and McClaren, Wilson, & Lawrie Inc. prepared construction drawings for the new Police Station site and Riley Construction has been hired as Construction Manager.