Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM) has outgrown its facility in Glendale Heights and plans to create a new communications center that will occupy 33,454 square feet of renovated space and new construction at the former DuPage Juvenile Detention Facility at 420 County Farm Road in Winfield. They broke ground Monday and construction is expected to start within a few weeks and be completed by fall 2018. The plan calls for renovating existing space in the former youth home and a roughly 13,400-square-foot addition.

drawing of new communications center for DU-COMM

DuPage Public Safety Communications

The $15.87 million project is possible because of an intergovernmental agreement DU-COMM reached with the county and the DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB).

The ETSB is contributing $4 million to the project, and DU-COMM is using $4.3 million from its cash reserves. DuPage is financing the remaining $7.5 million that DU-COMM will repay during a 25-year lease agreement with the county.

“The portion of the building that will house DU-COMM is going to be built to last,” said county board member Sean Noonan, vice chairman of the board’s public works committee. He said it will be designed to resist 250-mph winds, have added lightning protection and meet standards for the construction of storm shelters.

There are already offices in the building for the DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board and the county’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

DU-COMM started operations on the county campus in 1975 before moving to its current location in 1995.

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