Board Members Tour New Public Safety Complex
Construction ahead of schedule and under budget
"It was rewarding to see the construction of the Public Safety Complex coming along so well," said Board Speaker Jim Moustis. "The project has been a great example of the county board leadership's efforts to make the lives of Will County residents safer."
Construction on the Public Safety Complex began in October 2016, and was initially estimated to be completed by March 2018 at a cost of $29.5 million. The building should be complete three months early, in December 2017, thanks to an accelerated contract.
The new Public Safety Complex will house the Sheriff's Office, 911 Dispatch Center, and Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB). The 85,000 sq. ft. facility is located in Joliet on Laraway Road and Route 52. It will replace the existing Sheriff's Office next door and provide a new administration and training building, evidence storage, and space for a consolidated 911 Dispatch Center that will serve 30 communities, as well as ETSB. Currently, there is a need for a central location for these functions that are now spread throughout the county. Once the new complex is complete, the old Sheriff's Office will be torn down.
"The completion of the Public Safety Complex is just the beginning of a number of capital improvements projects that will meet the county's long-term capital needs," said Moran. "I look forward to seeing the Public Safety Complex completed, as well as the start of construction on the new court house and health department buildings."
In August of 2013, after many years of deliberation, the Will County Board approved a comprehensive plan for major capital improvement projects throughout the county. Completion of the Public Safety Complex will herald the construction of a judicial complex in downtown Joliet on the southwest corner of Ottawa and Jefferson Streets. The county purchased the former Midwest Bank building in late 2014 to accommodate the Sheriff's operations until they move into the Public Safety Complex. Right now, this move will be ahead of schedule to allow the county to stay on schedule for the new judicial complex.