Design Program: Delta County jail was over 50 years old and located on the County Square and the Lake Michigan shorefront. A feasibility study was conducted to help alleviate jail overcrowding, the constant housing of prisoners outside the County, an aging and maintenance-heavy building, and a staff-intensive layout with difficulty monitoring inmate activities. By determining Delta County’s twenty-year Justice and Corrections needs, we were able to develop options for the facilities and create a plan to renovate an underutilized County asset and secure a housing pod for $2 million in savings.
- Half of the County’s Service Center Facility was converted into Jail and Sheriff’s Office use housing:
- Sheriff’s Office administration, patrol division, investigations, evidence storage and processing, support and training
- Jail kitchen and laundry
- Inmate workers housing
- Inmate medical
- New housing pod added to the existing Service Center with 164 beds of housing, indoor/outdoor recreation, and 3 classrooms
- Modular steel cells, dormitory units, and elevated control room
- Early bid package of site work, footings and foundations, structural steel, precast concrete, detention equipment, and security electronics
- Expedited construction start and completion
- New vehicular Sally Port and holding area added to Courthouse to accommodate new inmate transports
- The renovation and addition saved approximately $2.5 Million in construction costs and repurposed an under-utilized County asset
- The study facilitated a fully informed decision by the County Board, gave information to present to the community at large; construction project was well-received by the well-informed public
Key Accomplishments: Determined Delta County’s 20-year Justice and Corrections needs, developed options for facilities, and created a plan to renovate an underutilized County asset and secure housing pod for $2 Million in savings.