The Homeland Security Education Center (HEC) stands as an epicenter for state-of-the-art multi-jurisdictional training in the Midwest. It is designed to prepare firefighters, police, and other first responders for international and domestic terrorist acts, as well as man-made and natural disasters.
The 66,000-square-foot center houses the College of DuPage’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology programs, as well as the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the COD Police Department.
The HEC creates a new gateway on the west side of the campus. Sited at the intersection of two busy roads, the center displays two volumes: a rectangular glass and steel-gridded stair hall, and an auditorium whose metal-clad walls undulate. A crenellated glass wall defines student gathering zones along the north corridor, and displays an outdoor path.
The hub of the facility is the 4-D Immersive Interior Training Lab, which enables simulation of urban response force-on-force situations and other emergency scenarios. With its brick/stucco walls, canopies, and streetlights, this space looks and feels like Main Street, but behind the storefronts are classrooms and labs.
The 4,000-square-foot Campus Police area offers workstations, offices, detention space, and lockers.
The HEC enhances the skills of first responders, brings the college international recognition, and offers its community a symbol of strength and dedication to regional and national safety.