The Will County Public Safety Complex was named the “Project of the Year” for 2018 by the American Public Works Association Southwest branch.
The 85,000-square-foot facility, which opened a year ago, received the award for the $25 million to $75 million structure category during a ceremony held Wednesday at the Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet, according to a news release.
“We are extremely gratified and humbled by this prestigious award for our new Public Safety Complex,” Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey said in the release. “From design conception and first spade in the ground until completion late last year, every detail of our new Sheriff’s Office, 911 Dispatch Center and Emergency Telephone System Board was given meticulous attention, and today that hard work paid off with this award.”
The new facility features state-of-the-art law enforcement security and technology as well as an energy efficient operation, which previously has been recognized with an award from ComEd. The building also achieves the state-mandated goal of consolidating ETSB systems from 31 communities in the area.
“Will County’s new Public Safety Facility is a home run on multiple fronts,” Herb Brooks, D-Joliet, Chairman of the Capital Improvements Committee which oversaw construction of the new building, said in the news release. “Our sheriff has the best tools available in law enforcement to protect our citizens and our county has top flight communications to ensure better safety of the public.”
The complex will move to the next level of competition for further consideration.