Arlington Heights police station puts finishing touch on traditional municipal campus
Arlington Heights’ 40-year-old police station suffered from dated infrastructure and failing mechanical systems. Its design clashed with that of the newer village hall and fire station on either side of it.
A 70,500-square-foot facility brings a budget-sensitive and energy-efficient replacement that respects the traditional character of the municipal campus and downtown Arlington Heights. It also improves efficiency, safety, and community connections.
The facility’s Neo-Romanesque style pays tribute to surrounding buildings but also gives the new facility its own identity so visitors can immediately recognize the police department. The two-story administrative and operations facility steps back from the one-story public spaces to make the structure less imposing. A tower identifies the main entry, and a large arched window draws attention to the community room.
The lower level features a 26-yard, 6-lane firing range. Angled ballistic panels on the ceiling prevent errant rounds from penetrating the parking garage above. Additionally, a five-screen virtual reality simulator challenges trainees with realistic emergency scenarios.
The station salvages wood from trees that the village had to chop down due to an emerald ash borer infestation. The wood appears in the public area wall panels, roof decking, window mullions, benches, display cases, and door trim.
Excellence in Masonry – Best Governmental Project, Masonry Advisory Council
Project of the Year, American Public Works Association
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