Leopardo Completes New 85,000-SF Will County Public Safety Complex

Leopardo recently completed construction on a new 85,000-square-foot Will County Public Safety Complex at 16911 W. Laraway Rd. in Joliet, doing so six weeks ahead of schedule.

The two-story complex is comprised of a 66,000-square-foot sheriff’s department, 6,500-square-foot emergency telephone system board (ETSB) and the 12,500-square-foot dispatch center.

Built in 1973, the original Will County sheriff’s facility was unable to accommodate the county’s rapid growth in recent years. As a result, the staff relocated to six different facilities.

The new Will County Public Safety Complex brings multiple departments back under one roof and includes a 911 police and fire dispatch center serving 31 communities. Sheriff’s department with administrative offices, holding area, enclosed sally port, training facilities, evidence processing and storage, vehicle processing, as well as multipurpose meeting and locker rooms.

“The state mandated that all counties take a look at how to consolidate emergency dispatching and Will County is at the forefront,” said Dave Tkac, deputy chief of staff for Will County executive Larry Walsh, to the Daily Herald. “So the opening of this Public Safety Complex represents a milestone in county history.”

Leopardo, serving as construction manager, provided preconstruction and construction services in collaboration with architect DLR Group.