Technology-rich facility puts theory into practice, strengthens College of DuPage’s reputation as a leader in first responder training
The Homeland Security Training Center (HTC) supports the College of DuPage’s (COD) curricular emphasis on putting theory into practice with simulated scenarios. The facility brings COD’s Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and regional law enforcement agencies a resource for immersive experiences and firearms instruction.
The 39,000-square-foot center, next to the Homeland Security Education Center, completes Phase 2 of the college’s Homeland Security Training Institute. Legat partnered with Brubaker Design on this project.
A garage door allows instructors to bring emergency vehicles into a full-scale, 50-yard, 24-position interior firing range. The range prep zone, which has views into the firing range, offers countertops for lessons in weapons cleaning, repair, and safety.
The center also features three emergency scenario simulators and a 911 call center with audio-visual and mapping technology to train emergency dispatchers.
The HTC’s north façade gently slopes to complement the adjacent Homeland Security Education Center. The glass wall that it encases welcomes students and brings natural light deep into the lobby.