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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE HEADQUARTERS
CLIENT: MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE DEPARTMENT
SIZE: 89,869 SF
PROJECT COST: $21.9M (E) $21.8M (A)
DELIVERY METHOD: CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
PROJECT TYPE: NEW
The new Mount Prospect Police Headquarters (MPPHQ) is an adaptive reuse of a former manufacturing/warehouse facility. Located on 5.5 acres, the MPPHQ is designed to meet community needs for 50 years with features including flexible space and accessible wiring raceways for new technologies.
A warehouse, with an abundance of open high-volume space, lends itself well to adaptive reuse as a public safety facility. Today, a previously outmoded building is transformed with an updated exterior and repurposed interior.
A primary design goal of this project was to help strengthen department culture. The resulting open floor plan, wide corridors and central break area facilitate communication and daily interactions. Ample natural light boosts morale, while branding elements incorporated throughout contribute to a sense of pride and belonging.
Officer readiness is supported by a training room, firing range and padded room for de-escalation and defensive tactics instruction. A fitness center helps officers maintain physical health and well-being.
A drive-thru sally port leads into the detention area with space for booking, holding cells and interview rooms. The evidence processing area supports biological, DNA and drug testing with abundant storage space, including a garage for processing vehicles.
MPPHQ’s inviting counseling room is a space for the police social worker to provide on-site services to community residents, typically in difficult circumstances.
The MPPHQ has a new front façade, created by demolishing portions of the existing structure to reorient the front of the building, and provide space for public parking. A secured parking lot serves staff with police vehicles housed in an enclosed garage.
A striking civic plaza and entry adds depth to the MPPHQ’s reimagined exterior. The transparent façade welcomes the public into an open lobby with reception and records counters. A glass-walled multi-purpose room is available for public.
STREAMWOOD FIRE HQ
CLIENT: VILLAGE OF STREAMWOOD
SIZE: 23,900 SF
PROJECT COST: $10.5M (E) $10.1M (A)
DELIVERY METHOD: CM AT RISK
PROJECT TYPE: NEW
In 2021, the Village of Streamwood opened a new HQ fire station on the same site as the outmoded facility it replaced. A new location was considered until designers determined that tackling the existing site’s soil remediation challenges (by using an aggregate pier foundation system) was more economical than developing a new property with comparable issues and proximity to a flood plain.
The new HQ exerts a vibrant civic presence on a busy Village thoroughfare. Its design achieves several critical goals: strengthening fire operations, providing work/living quarters that enhance well-being and relocating the department’s administrative offices.
The station’s exterior is dominated by three sloped roof planes articulating the apparatus bay, training tower and work/living quarters.
The four-door, double-deep apparatus bay houses equipment, storage, a decontamination area and adjoining dirty classroom. Clerestory windows flood the space with natural light.
The angles formed by the exterior roofs provide a theme that carries into the station’s floorplan and interior design. A bold, angled red wall extends from the exterior into the lobby forming a backdrop for the Department’s shield and a display case. The illuminated shield offers a visible nighttime glow and reassurance of safety.
The reception area displays the Department’s scramble over perforated metal panels in dynamic angled shapes. This pattern repeats itself in the multipurpose room (used for training and community events), conference room and other spaces. Many ceilings throughout the station are vaulted; the kitchen has a dropped trellis with triangular shapes also expressed on the wall’s backsplash.
A fitness center for fire personnel serves as a hub connecting the station’s workspace and living quarters. The kitchen and dayroom embody a “Great Room” concept that promotes camaraderie with defined areas for group and individual seating. Exterior windows, combined with interior glass, create a sense of openness and connection between spaces.