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Will County Public Safety Complex getting noticed

County, Joliet to meet on list of new courthouse building permits

JOLIET – Other law enforcement departments are taking notice of Will County’s capital improvement projects.

Will County Executive Office Deputy Chief of Staff Dave Tkac said Lake County, Illinois, has reached out to set up a visit on Tuesday of the new Will County Public Safety Complex, which is under construction on Laraway Road in Joliet.

The building will be the new home of the Will County Sheriff’s Office, as well as 911 administration and the emergency telephone system board. It’s slated to open in December and cost in the $32 million range.

The exterior of the building is almost done and some floor finishes are done. Workers have been installing a deceleration lane to enter the property.

The section of the building belonging to 911 services and the emergency telephone system board will be turned over to those entities for specific wiring projects before September starts. The County Board Capital Improvements Committee will tour the building later this month to see how much progress has been made.

In other news, the new Will County Courthouse is moving along as design firm Wight & Co. has a “permit intake” meeting with the city of Joliet on Thursday for the various permits the county will need to build the $215 million courthouse.

“I think they’re going to be a little overwhelmed when they get the set of documents, because it’s a large set,” Wight & Co. Senior Project Executive Jason Dwyer said, adding it may take a couple days to go over them with the city rather than the typical couple hours.

The courthouse will have 10 floors and it’s going to be built on the lot directly west of the current Will County Courthouse.

New county facility manager Joel VanEssen is getting familiar with both projects as he gets accustomed to the group of buildings the county owns or is developing.

Capital Improvements Committee Chairman Ray Tuminello, R-New Lenox, commended the courthouse delivery team for attracting local labor, in particular with outreach events.

“It was pretty interesting,” Tuminello said of a recent event. “[Attendees] were pretty much all from the local area, and that was what we wanted to hone in on.”

Tuminello also said project managers Gilbane Construction helped local contractors look for ways to combine with others on bids to get in on the project. Not many are willing to get bonds for a project of this magnitude all by themselves, he said.

Construction is expected to start in early 2018.

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