HOK’s design celebrates the idea of the police department headquarters as a progressive civic building that—in concert with the adjacent fire department headquarters—creates a new a public safety campus for this fast-growing Chicago suburb.
An architectural vocabulary based on transparency reinforces the sense of accessibility, honesty and disclosure necessary to the success of community policing. The design also supports law enforcement professionals with a contemporary workplace and on-site police training.
The new public safety campus marks the village’s geographic center. The 60-foot-high police headquarters tower acts as a beacon of safety while enhancing the skyline previously defined by water towers, farm silos and the fire headquarters.
To enrich the design process the team engaged community organizations including the school, park and fire protection districts; local law enforcement agencies and the Rotary Club of Oswego. This dialogue generated ideas for how the building design could positively impact the community. One outcome was the creation of a community room that has floor-to-ceiling glass panes that embody transparency and that can accommodate educational seminars, training sessions and community gatherings.