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December 09, 2009 07:00 ET

Leopardo Completes $108-Million LEED-Gold Aurora Police Headquarters

AURORA, IL--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - Leopardo recently completed the Aurora Police Headquarters and Branch Court. Located at 1200 E. Indian Trail, the $108-million facility houses 500 public safety employees and is a consolidation of three bureaus and 11 police divisions, a 911-emergency call center and branch court house.

The police campus consists of a 154,000-square-foot police headquarters building, which houses the branch court and 911-emergency call center; a 41,000-square-foot training and support building that contains a firearms range, evidence storage and forensic examination laboratories; and a 204,000-square-foot, 500-car parking garage.

Aiming for LEED Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the campus features numerous environmentally-friendly elements:

--  Permeable pavers to absorb storm water runoff and reduce heat island
--  Daylight harvesting features to maximize light and reduce energy needs
--  Recycled products used in ceiling, drywall, steel, concrete,
    countertops, etc.
--  All finishes washable with soap and water -- no chemicals required
--  Photovoltaic panels generate electricity from solar radiation
--  Engineered to use 27 percent less energy and 30 percent less water
    than an average building of similar size

During construction, the Aurora Police Headquarters was the largest civic building under construction in Illinois and the largest full-service station under construction in the United States.

Leopardo served as the lead construction manager on the entire campus with McClaren Wilson and Lawrie, and Cordogan Clark and Associates as architects.

About Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Leopardo Companies, Inc. is a leader in construction, design-build and commercial real estate development. In 2009, Leopardo was recognized by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the nation's largest 400 contractors. The company's team of experts has specialized capabilities in healthcare, education, municipal, retail, office, industrial, tenant interiors, residential, aviation, hospitality, senior housing and community-related projects such as libraries and churches.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Leopardo has offices in Chicago, Bermuda Dunes, California, and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, as well as job sites across the nation. For more information, please visit

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