City of Peru Public Safety Complex – Municipal Police Headquarters

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.

Ottawa City Hall

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.

Peru Municipal Building

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.

Streator Public Library Addition

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.

Ottawa Water Filtration Plant

Location: 828 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa, IL

The City of Ottawa commissioned a project to install a reverse-osmosis filtration system to improve the city’s water quality. To accommodate four 10’x25’x10’ filter racks, pumping equipment, chemical storage, and quality control laboratory, it was necessary to construct an addition to the existing water plant. The city administration required that the new addition blend with the existing structure which had served as an important architectural icon for the heavily traveled eastern entrance to Ottawa.

Winner of the 2005 AIA Distinguished Building Award

The entire existing building was tuckpointed, areas of the outer wythe of brick, which had bulged as much as six inches, were removed and reconstructed, and the brick was cleaned and sealed. The windows which had been replaced with glass block were removed and historically proportioned replacement windows were installed. The asbestos containing roof shingles were abated and replaced. The interior of the existing building was then renovated to accommodate a locker, shower, lunchroom, and office facilities for the staff and billing department. A new community conference room now provides meeting space for area volunteer organizations.