Design for new Rosemont public safety building set to begin

Updated 4/10/2019 5:48 PM

Design work for Rosemont's planned public safety department building north of the Allstate Arena will get underway ahead of a planned groundbreaking a year from now, officials said.

The village board Wednesday approved contracts worth $2.6 million with three firms that will prepare drawings and engineering plans for the building, which will stand between Lyndon Avenue and Barry Street north of Lunt Avenue.


"There's a basic footprint, but now we need to do the deep dive on the design," said Mayor Brad Stephens.

The board inked agreements with FGM Architects for architectural design work, Christopher B. Burke Engineering for civil engineering services, and TGRWA for structural engineering services. Trustees also formally approved a resolution authorizing Stephens to begin negotiations with Degen & Rosato Rosemont LLC -- the construction firm that's handled most of Rosemont's big building projects for decades -- to be the construction manager on the project.

The one-story building could be anywhere between 70,000 and 100,000 square feet, putting construction costs in the $35 million range, Stephens said.

There may be some additional costs for environmental remediation because the site has long contained industrial buildings, Stephens added.

The village has possession of all but four buildings on the rectangular block. After buying the properties or acquiring by condemnation if needed, the village plans to begin demolition within the next three months.

Construction would begin in spring 2020 and be done at the start of 2021.

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