Wisconsin commercial general contractor National Construction, The Village of Belleville Police Department, and Belleville community members were in attendance Monday, November 18 as Police Chief Bill Eichelkraut cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the newly constructed facility at 61 Frederick St.
The new 9,593 square foot station built by National Construction features engineered wood siding and trim with stone accents on its exterior. A lobby with secure entry leads into the office and administration space; beyond that is a warming kitchen, records and training rooms, and restrooms. Also integral to the department are armory, cleaning and gear/locker rooms.
The layout was designed to allow for areas open to the public and for staff to be secured. The garage provides officers direct access to rooms including processing, evidence processing and storage, and interview and consult, as well as a kennel.
Village of Belleville Police Chief Bill Eichelkraut spoke at the event, along with Village of Belleville Administrator Brian Wilson and National Construction owner Jeff Grundahl.
“Going from a building with mold that was very inadequate in terms of efficiency and security to this new up-to-date building is truly remarkable,” said Chief Eichelkraut, thanking those who supported the department’s commitment to “protecting and serving our beautiful village.”
Madison and Blue Mounds, Wisconsin commercial general contractor National Construction and its subcontractors also represent the local impact of the project. “The department is excited about the simple opportunity to bring a victim of a crime to a safe and secure place,” said Jeff Grundahl, owner of National Construction. “We’re thrilled to be part of improving key resources like this in our local communities.”
The project itself was a long time in the making, initially authorized to start in 2008 and postponed. The architect for the project was Angus Young of Janesville, Wisconsin.