Starke County's outdated jail suffered from severe overcrowding. They hired DLZ Architects to design a new facility with eight classification areas comprised of 146 beds. The radial podular layout incorporates the use of two-man and four-man units with integrated shower stalls. Showers in the cells give jail management flexibility in incarceration type when the inmate population and classification type varies.
For low security inmates, SteelCell of North America and the architect designed unique open-front, four-inmate dorm units. This replaced slow and costly site built construction.
The secure design incorporated a rear mechanical chase. The modular cells can be maintained from the non-secure area between the rear of the cell and the building shell. No only does this substantially decrease the potential conveyance of contraband into the secure area but the modules actually form the secure barrier. This allows the architect to provide a more cost efficient architectural building shell without needing a security envelope.
Specifications: Started in February 2014
Completed in May 2015
Design by DLZ