Delta County

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Jail and Sheriff’s Office

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.

Project Approach: 

  • 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

Result:

  • 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.