Law Enforcement Storage No Longer Suspect at Skokie Police Department
Located just 16 miles west of downtown Chicago, the village of Skokie, Illinois is home to over 65,000 people and offers a way for residents to experience the city life without having to live in the thick of it all. In fact, it’s one of the things the fast-growing, livable suburb is especially proud of—so much that its tagline is “Skokie: A Suburb That Feels Like a City.”
With that fast growth came more than a few growing pains—particularly for Skokie’s police department. The department had outgrown the 27,000 square foot building it had been in many years before—the storage systems were inadequate and simply couldn’t support a modern police force. Many areas throughout the building were disorganized, crammed with gear and evidence, creating non-compliant areas and safety hazards. These conditions contributed to a lack of employee morale.
Recognizing these issues, the village planned to convert an abandoned 79,300 square foot plant into a contemporary police headquarters. Forming a “New Headquarters Team” comprised of department leaders, user committees, representatives from SRBL Architects, the local firm in charge of the renovation project, and representatives from Bradford, the goal was to discuss budgetary goals, key functions for the department, and the role storage systems would play in all of this well before embarking on construction.