The Aurora Police Headquarters and Branch Courts by Cordogan, Clark & Associates with McClaren Wilson and Lawrie, nationally recognized specialists in architecture for law enforcement and forensic sciences, features state-of-the-art technology, substantial increases in the amount of physical space, and sustainable architecture designed to LEED Gold Certification standards. During its construction, the new headquarters was the largest, full-service municipal police department under construction in the nation, and the largest civic building being constructed in Illinois. The complex contains a 154,000 square foot HeadquartersBuilding, a 41,000 square foot Training & SupportBuilding, and a 500-space parking structure.
The new headquarters facility houses a high-tech detention facility, emergency 911 center, records division, administrative offices, and the KaneCounty branch court. “The new facility will not only allow the space and professional environment to help the department protect the citizens of Illinois’ second largest city, but also it features the most advanced technology available to law enforcement today,” says Chief Thomas (?). Five rooms of the new facility are dedicated to training and contain state-of-the-art communication equipment. In addition, the adjacent Training & SupportBuilding holds a firing range, Special Response Team classroom and storage space, evidence storage, forensic examination labs, and a secure garage for officer’s cars.
The new Aurora Police Headquarters fully embraces state-of-the-art technologies, and is the first municipal jail to have flex dorms. Based on state law, detained men, women, and juveniles are not allowed to come in contact with one another. This would typically require three separate detainment areas for each group. However, by using smart glass for the cells, the prisoners can now be in the same area, side-by-side, resulting in huge cost savings and a significantly smaller footprint. The smart glass is electrically controlled liquid crystal glass that changes from transparent to translucent through the simple press of a button.
The Police Headquarters also takes advantage of on-site renewable energy technologies and conservation techniques. Its "Green Design" features include photovoltaics, green-roofs, optimized daylighting, water efficient landscaping, permeable pavers, and innovative wastewater techniques. The new facility is designed to use 30% less water and 27% less energy than a similar sized building. It is LEED Gold certified.