The project entailed architectural programming and design to renovate a former 189,000 SF Haworth Seating Plant, located on 22 acres in Allegan County, Michigan to house the Allegan County Jail and Sheriff’s Office.
The design process included conducting an intensive multi-day charrette. The charrette allowed all the stake-holders to be part of the process to determine the projected size and capacity of the new and future facilities, develop a space needs analysis and architectural program, develop a long term master plan of this site, determine a staffing and operational philosophy for the jail, develop a construction/ project budget, develop a staffing and operations budget which was all verified throughout the design process periodically.
The initial build-out provided approximately 375 beds, the master plan would allow for the future expansion to be within the existing footprint of the building and would be for additional Inmate Housing to accommodate up to 800 inmates. The master plan would be accomplished without future adjustment to the associated Sheriff’s Administration and Jail support spaces.
The initial build-out would include two (2) small additions to the facility as a new secure vehicular Sally Port and Outdoor Recreation area. The floor plan was adapted to the existing framing system and optimized the existing high bay areas by proposing a system of double stacked steel pre-fabricated cells. Therefore, the existing structural framing remained in place with minor revisions and reinforcing. The mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and other life safety building systems were designed to be new in their entirety. The finished jail was built out to include a state of the art security automation system complete with door access, door monitoring control, and visual monitoring of all secure areas.