BELLEVILLE — Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has completed construction on the city of Belleville’s new
$15.8 million police department headquarters at 720 W. Main St.
Department personnel moved from 101 S. Illinois St., the former building it shared with City Hall, to its new location earlier last month. With all personnel and offices vacated, IMPACT Strategies has begun asbestos remediation and demolition as part of a major renovation project at City Hall that will be ongoing until spring of 2017.
IMPACT began working with the City of Belleville early last spring in an effort to provide a solution for the outdated, overcrowded building that housed police headquarters and City Hall offices since 1957. With the City having purchased the 44,000-square-foot building at 720 W. Main St., IMPACT Strategies undertook reconstructing the building’s interior, transforming it into a new, state-of-the-art police department with a forensics lab, dispatch center, sally port, community classroom, 911 emergency call center, and storm safety areas for prisoners and employees. IMPACT also built an adjacent parking garage with enough room to accommodate a large number of police cruisers and a maintenance area for city vehicles.
With the completion of the police headquarters project, work is now underway to help to expand and modernize Belleville’s existing City Hall facilities. The project’s first phase involves the removal of asbestos throughout the building, as well as changes to its exterior and interior to make it ADA accessible. Renovations also include updates to the main administration areas on the first and second floors, significant security enhancements in Council Chambers, and the addition of a balcony in Council Chambers to provide increased seating capacity. The renovation project is costing the city approximately $2.5 million. IMPACT collaborated with The Lawrence Group Architects of St. Louis, for both city projects.
Mayor Mark Eckert said, “IMPACT Strategies did outstanding work on the renovation of the new police department, diligently working to ensure that no detail was overlooked and that we remained operational without any disruption to police business and the emergency call center. I am confident they will complete the City Hall project with the same efficiency and professionalism, and with as little disruption as possible to City business. In the end, we’ll have a facility that will much better serve the needs of our citizens.”