BCA was hired by the City of Peru in 2017 to start the task of programming the needs of a new police station for the city. BCA and our consultants; MWL, IMEG and Chamlin teamed up to program and ultimately design a new 32,000 sf municipal police headquarters. The City of Peru paired with Design Builder Leopardo Companies in late 2019 to complete the already established design team. The first bid packages were released in April 2020 with the last released in July 2020. Construction is well underway with foundations in place and masonry walls being constructed. The new police station will replace Peru’s existing building which was formerly a 1960’s car dealership that was retrofitted to house the Peru PD for many years. Lack of space and compromises on safety are only two of the factors that contributed to Peru’s desire to construct a new police headquarters. The new site features public parking areas and a secure parking lot for building staff. The new building includes a secure sally port and arrestee areas, interview rooms, patrol, detective and administration offices and work areas. The public visitors are greeted at the records counter and have access to the large community room that also serves as a training room and EOC room if the need arises. The building also includes evidence storage, lab and processing areas, staff break room, locker rooms, a fitness room and a patrol car garage.
BCA worked with Crossbridge Church in Ottawa Illinois to adapt their existing building to better fit their needs without adding additional square footage. We re-programmed, re-purposed and renovated their existing spaces to support the growing congregation and many functions and events carried out in their building. The project included all new restrooms, informal gathering spaces, fun and inviting spaces for their education program and finish updates. Vissering Construction Company served as the contractor for the project.
Location: 3300 Drew Ave., Sandwich, IL
Basalay Cary & Alstadt Architects was approached by an owner who wanted to build a hotel and convention center in Sandwich Illinois under the Best Western brand name. BC&A worked closely with the owner to realize a facility that included large welcoming lobby, 100 hotel rooms, a bar/grill restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, catering kitchen and convention center. The convention center is 31,000 square feet and can hold up to 1,200 people. It can be configured as one large space, or broken into several smaller spaces to accommodate smaller groups.
The building is situated on the edge of a wooded area along the Little Rock Creek. The majority of the site was originally an open field, but the trees which had to be removed to make way for the building were reclaimed by the owner and the lumber was used in the hotel restaurant.
As district Architects for LaSalle Elementary School District #122, BC&A designed an extensive remodeling and renovation project which included renovation of 23,000 s.f. of their existing junior high school campus. Areas of renovation included a new commercial kitchen and serving lines, cafetorium, science lab, multiple classrooms, work rooms, nurses’s office, restrooms, administration/district offices and a media room.
Location: 301 W. Madison St., Ottawa, IL
The City of Ottawa was faced with cramped inefficient space for their city offices. Their concern was solving their space needs while preserving their turn of the century historic structure and their central city location. Adequate space was made available in the building without the need for a building addition by the creation of a more efficient space plan and the installation of an elevator to take advantage of previously inaccessible second floor and below grade space. A grant was obtained from the State to cover the cost of the elevator. The final solution captured the character of the existing architecture while creating a modern office space. The offices were temporarily relocated to a vacant building adjacent to City Hall and six months later moved back into a transformed City Hall with 25% more office space for future expansion, three meeting rooms, and a new City Council Room with seating for 75. Even those who were reluctant to invest the capital in the preservation of the building have been converted by the success of the result.
Location: 1901 4th St., Peru, IL
The City of Peru administrative offices were often hard to find located in two different buildings in downtown Peru. Additionally, council chambers was located in an open office area utilizing folding tables and chairs for each council meeting. This new facility built on a vacant downtown lot not only provided a council chamber, but brought all city administrative functions under one roof in an iconic building.
The new city municipal building includes 26,000 square feet of space on two floors housing City Council Chambers, Mayoral Office, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Building Department and community space.
Location: 130 S. Park St., Streator, IL
The Streator Library Board was faced with making some life safety exiting and accessibility improvements to their historic Carnegie library building. They commissioned BCA to solve the problem in a way that did not detract from the original building aesthetic. The fire marshal declared that a second exit was required. The state accessibility code stated the new work would have to be accomplished within the code requirements. The existing main floor of the library is five feet above grade and to complicate matters further, a mezzanine for stacks was positioned between the main floor and the second floor making it impossible to gain accessibility to all levels with the use of one elevator. The solution was an addition to the west of the existing historic structure to accommodate a new ground level entrance and elevator. The mezzanine floor was raised to the level of the existing second floor. The addition is connected to the existing building with a transparent window wall to minimize the impact on the original design. The new addition also provides additional stack space, new accessible restroom facilities and a reading lounge.
Location: 1640 N. 40th. Rd., Earlville, IL
Harding Grade School was expanded and remodeled as part of a larger project to upgrade all four schools in the Consolidated Community Unit District #2. The existing Harding School facility consisted of a century old, 7,000 square foot wood frame classroom building and a 35 year old, 5,000 square foot masonry gymnasium. In order to have a final cohesive facility, the siding was removed from the existing wood frame building and the building was clad with face brick to match the 13,300 square foot addition which houses a new cafeteria, library, administrative offices and seven classrooms. In addition to Harding Grade School, upgrades and additions of various sizes were made to Sheridan Grade School, Serena Grade School and Serena High School. In total 48,000 square feet of new space for administrative offices, cafeterias, gymnasiums, libraries, classrooms, special education classrooms, and multi-purpose rooms was provided for the school district.
Location: 232 E Cleveland St., Ladd, IL
Ladd Community Consolidated School was housed in a three-story functionally obsolete building with 4,752 square feet of space and newer 8000 square foot gymnasium addition. In anticipation of receiving a State Construction Grant, the School Board hired Basalay, Cary & Alstadt to design a new facility and to help the Board plan and organize a referendum strategy. After conducting an existing facility analysis and meeting with teachers and community advisory committee, it was determined that only the gymnasium addition was worth saving. The new handicapped-accessible school will have a total of 50,000 square feet of space on a single floor with room for up to 473 students. To facilitate continuous operation of the school, the new addition was designed in a manner which would allow the school to occupy the existing building while the new building was under construction. A 4′ x 5′ model of the proposed building was used in conjunction with public meetings and mailings to communicate the problems and the solution to the voting public. The referendum passed by the largest percentage of voters of any school referendum to that date.