Police Station Open House

Open House March 16 for New Police Station
Posted on 02/20/2019
New Police Station

You are invited to check out the new Arlington Heights Police Station, 200 E. Sigwalt, at its Open House held on Saturday, March 16 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visitors will tour the indoor firing range, lock-up area, evidence processing room, training room, interview rooms and other areas within the state-of-the art facility.

One of the more intriguing attractions of the station is the use of lumber from ash trees harvested throughout the Village due to the Emerald Ash Borer. From the trees milled, 9,000 board feet was used for windows, 3,400 board feet for trim throughout the building and 3,200 linear feet was used for paneling on the ceilings and walls in various parts of the building, including the eye-catching arched ceiling of the large meeting room located on the first floor. 

The project also included other environmentally friendly components as well as the receipt of several of grants, all of which helped the total cost of the project. For example, the Police Department received a donation of office furniture through a property management company, facilitated by Eko Tekk. The approximate value of the donation is $300,000. Several grants were also awarded, including two from ComEd for energy efficiency, one public safety grant and a grant from Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for permeable pavers designed to hold storm water on site to reduce storm sewer system intake. 

The new station has already received the Facility of the Year award on February 5, 2019, from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  IFMA is the world's largest international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries.

ash wood used in lobbyThe 70,500 square foot station, with a 10,000 square foot garage, has been designed for optimum use and efficiency that will improve communication and work flow for the Department. The layout of the first floor includes a public information desk, a large meeting room, Police Records Bureau, Detention area and the Patrol Division.

The second floor workspaces contain the Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, Community Services and Police Administration in addition to locker rooms and a fitness center. The lower level features a training concourse, which includes a firing range, training room, virtual simulator, forensic laboratory and reporting area as well as evidence storage. 

The new station is on the site of the former 37,435-square-foot police station built in 1978 and opened in 1979. The former facility housed 80 officers and 12 support staff – the Department has since grown to a total staff of 139. Due to growing space constraints at the former facility, space needs studies were conducted in 1996 and updated several times since then. Specialized firms studying the building searched for ways to update the facility to accommodate the needs for modern-day Police operations. It was learned that a renovation or expansion was not viable due to the numerous architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection issues with the former station. 

In addition to space constraints of the former Police station, it would cost millions of dollars just to continue maintaining the station as a serviceable building because of significant repairs that were needed. Instead of investing millions of dollars into the aging structure, the Village Board moved forward on a new facility. Building a new station by using the current site eliminated the costly need to purchase property for a new facility.

Construction costs of the new Police Station was $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.

Legat Architects and McClaren, Wilson, & Lawrie Inc. prepared construction drawings for the new Police Station site and Riley Construction was the Construction Manager.