Will County Public Safety Complex16911 W Laraway Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
Design Achievement – The Will County Public Safety Complex centralizes six Will County Sheriff Department facilities formerly located in individual locations across the city of Joliet, Illinois, into a single facility. The new 87,000 SF complex improves access and services for the citizens of Will County while improving communication and morale of public safety officers and staff. The design of the building impacts the community’s consolidated customer service experience by providing a higher level of privacy for the building’s users. The county took on a leadership role in developing a public-safety answering point (PSAP), which includes a consolidated 911 center. During design, the Sheriff’s Department requested a separate level of security for the county’s Emergency Telephone System Board(ETSB) and the PASP office to segregate these operations from the Sheriff’s offices. The design solution provides a separate and secure entrance and isolated operational space for ETSB, which is now partitioned from both the Sheriff’s headquarters and the 911 Center.
Scope Summary – This project is the first phase of a master plan that DLR Group completed in 2012 for the Laraway Campus, the location of the original sheriff’s building. The scope of this project was the design of a new Will County Public Safety Complex occupying 87,000 SF of program space. The sheriff’s portion of the building occupies 67,000 SF, a 911 center occupies 15,000 SF, and the public-safety answering point occupies 5,000 SF. The building was designed to accommodate 474 sworn and 128 civilian men and women of the Will County Public Safety Complex. The facility includes shared staff and public training and meeting rooms, lock up/holding areas, large evidence storage, and specialty offices for investigators, patrol officers and administration. DLR Group provided master planning, architecture, engineering, programming, and interior design.