In 1999, the Village of Gurnee purchased a 10-acre parcel of land at the northwest corner of O'Plaine Road and Washington Street in preparation to construct a new police facility. The Village put together a committee to research and recommend an architecture firm to design and build the new police facility. The committee visited several police facilities in and around northeast Illinois.The committee interviewed several architectural firms and finally selected Dan Robison Architects, in a partnership with Daniel Bleck and Associates, to design the new police facility.
During calendar year 2001, the design phase of the project was nearly completed. The 50,000-square foot building was designed as a two-story structure that would house a firearms training range, a tactical training room, a large training room for formal classes, improved evidence processing and storage areas, a community room and a modern 9-1-1 communications center. The design also allowed for expansion to accommodate future growth. This new police facility will serve the Gurnee community well for the next 15-20 years.
Groundbreaking for the project was on May 23, 2002. The project was completed in fall of 2003.
Construction pictures can be viewed in the image gallery.