While most of the notoriety that the Homeland Education Center receives is for the services and technology that are housed indoors, the building has now received an award for the architectural work.
The blue glass constructing the building was used to represent the merge of technology and nature and with the many other features was enough to win the Best Higher Education/Research Project from the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest’s Best Projects competition for 2012.
Among the two design teams that COD hired to build the HEC, Legat Architects submitted the HEC into the Best Projects 2012 Competition for ENR.
“Legat Architects and the Construction Manager, Power Construction entered the project [into the competition] due to the building’s unique curriculum, function, and architecture,” Communications Manager of Legat Architects Douglas Ogurek said.
Brubaker Design and Legat Architects designed the building to assist with the existing Police, Fire Sciences, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, and Criminal Justice Programs that COD offers.
Legat Architects said they overcame many obstacles while building and designing the HEC.
Through the integration of military equipment into the street training experience and use of a web-based project management system, AutoDesk Constructware, they were able to create the type of environment for function and aesthetics. In addition to ENR, students also have been won over by the HEC.
“You get some good inspiration from this room and they have great places to do your homework or study for your tests,” Second year student Hugo Calderon said. “There’s enough room for the classes here, but I guess it’s more of architectural design than trying to fit in around a hundred classes.”
“I think there is value for housing us all under the same roof, we all have a similar goals and interests in providing safety and security,” Chief of Police Joe Mullin said. “All of us being together here is a plus.”
A ceremony will be held at the Crowne Metro Chicago Plaza for a breakfast on Nov. 29 to receive the award.