The southwest Chicago suburb of Joliet will soon be home to a new justice center. Chicago-based Wight & Company has released the first rendering of the future Will County Justice Center, which will serve one of Illinois’s most populous counties and replaces an outdated 1960s structure on an adjacent site. Wight worked with Lohan Anderson principal Dirk Lohan on the early development of the project as part of a new relationship between the offices. The design for the new center is meant to transform public perception of the justice system, with an emphasis on openness, transparency, and accessibility. The project features green roofs and a landscaped public plaza. Extensive high-efficiency glass brings sunlight into the project while maintaining sustainable goals. The justice center will initially house 28 state-of-the-art courtrooms with the ability to expand to 38 as the needs of the county change. Criminal, civil, and family law cases will be heard at the new facility, which will also have a law library and self-help legal center. Completion date is 2017.
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Darien, Illinois-based Wight & Company has recently finished a 43,000-square-foot addition for Joliet Township High School campus. Joliet, a city about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, is the fourth largest city in Illinois, and the town’s high school campus was in need of updates and space. Wight’s design added an expansive student center, a dining facility, multi-purpose areas, and an elevator to improve ADA accessibility to the four story building. The campus as a whole is comprised of four main academic buildings, which serve approximately 2,600 student. The most distinguishing portion of the new design is a 50-foot-tall glass curtain wall atrium, which now encapsulates a 1901 gothic-revival facade. The space houses the schools new main entry and provides students with a place to work, congregate, and access student services. "The architecture team envisioned a space that would serve as the heart of the school, connecting the new with the old," explained Kevin Havens, director of design for Wight, in a press release "Our atrium design references elements of the Collegiate Gothic style of this landmark building, but does so in a modern way that is light and airy.” Wight acted as designers, Architect of Record, structural engineers, MEP engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects on the project.
Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak have sought permission from federal regulators to conduct the first test of high-speed rail in Illinois. A 20-mile track between the cities of Dwight and Pontiac could be a proving ground for the 110 mph passenger train starting October 1. They would be testing a new system of triggers for highway crossing gates — one that uses radio signals to raise gates 80 seconds before a crossing in order to give the faster trains more time to slow down or stop if necessary. The current system uses track circuits to communicate, and allows the normal 79-mph trains 30 to 35 seconds of clearance before a crossing. The Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct a survey to determine whether motorists will tolerate the longer wait times. Funding for high-speed rail was narrowly approved in California earlier this month, as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and others continued to build on growing excitement for high-speed rail in the heartland.