Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC)

Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC)

  • Completed in fall of 2011, this $25 million facility was funded through proceeds from a successful 2002 capital referendum.
  • It is approximately 66,000 square feet. 
  • The HEC houses the college's Criminal Justice, Fire Science/EMS, Police Department and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy.
  • This comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional training center features 
    • A full-scale indoor street scene for force-on-force exercises
    • Forensics and cybercrimes labs 
    • A command center designed to instruct National Incident Management System protocols
    • A smoke room with moveable walls for EMS, fire rescue simulations 
    • An outdoor scaling and rappelling tower, and a full-size ambulance. 
  • COD is one of the few educational institutions in the U.S. selected to receive a relic from the Twin Towers following 9/11. The HEC has installed a permanent memorial to 9/11 that has as its focal point a ceiling beam from one of the buildings. The beam is 27" by 127" and weighs more than one thousand pounds. 
  • This facility places College of DuPage at the forefront of first responder training in the Midwest. Approximately 7,600 individuals are expected to receive training through the HEC annually.


Architect/Engineer: Legat Architects
Construction Manager: Power Construction Company