The Glen Ellyn Police Department in Glen Ellyn has been recognized with an Excellence in Architecture award from the American Institute of Architects NE-IL Chapter and a Silver Medal Award from the Association of Licensed Architects.
Virginia-based Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm with offices in Elgin and Peoria, designed the 29,000-square-foot facility as part of a design-build team with Leopardo Construction in Hoffman Estates. More than double the size of the previous facility, the new building was designed with input from the police department to meet their needs and most importantly, improve safety.
The first floor of the facility includes a community room that serves as a meeting space for homeowners associations and other local groups. It also contains the records, patrol, booking and holding areas; space for evidence processing; locker rooms; and a break area and fitness room. A new sally-port was designed away from public view for safer operation.
The second floor consists of the administration and investigations areas, and a training and emergency operations center. Future expansion detailed in the building's master plan include evidence storage, patrol and investigations along the east side of the building. Inspired by the natural setting of the surrounding park, the building's massing and exterior material palette include stone, glass and durable fiber cement panels that resemble wood. Completed two months ahead of schedule, the facility is located in proximity to a busy commercial corridor that generates a larger amount of 911 calls.
Prior to construction of the new facility, the firm completed a comprehensive space needs analysis of the former police station, suggesting eight options for the Village. "Dewberry's continuing interest in finding a solution for the village's facility needs has earned the trust and respect of village staff and leadership," said Robert Acton, deputy chief of police administration. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide.