Ford County Jail & Sheriff's Office|
HMN Architects, Inc.
7400 W. 110th Street, Suite 200, Overland Park, KS 66210
Location: Dodge City, Kansas
Bid Date: June 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 79,762 Site: 14 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 1,185; first floor, 66,755; second floor,
11,822; total, 79,762 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 26’; first floor, 17’; second floor,
Basic Construction Type: New/Precast.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, precast concrete panel & cells. Roof:
Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
stud drywall, precast concrete panel & cells.
Structural Engineer: Johnston Burkholder Associates - 930 Central
Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Timberlake Construction - P.
O. Box 18297, Oklahoma City, OK 73154
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Henderson Engineers, Inc. -
8325 Lenexa Drive, Lenexa, KS 66214
Civil Engineer: Kirkham Michael - 217 N. Douglas, Ellsworth, KS
The new Ford County Jail in Dodge City, Kansas is a 256-bed facility
with Sheriff's Office. The Jail is a blend of direct / indirect
supervision styles with open, raised control posts in the general
housing areas. They are designed, so the officer is protected while
still having direct control and supervision of the housing and
circulation areas. The jail is designed to allow for an expansion of up
When building the jail, the team used precast modules to construct the
cells. This method can be an advantage on "green" site projects, because
it reduces construction time by several months, and on a project like
Ford County where they're paying to house inmates in other counties, the
savings to the county are significant. By using this technique, the
project was completed several months ahead of schedule.
Each housing pod has its own programming and recreation space, keeping
inmate movement throughout the facility at a minimum. Video visitation
also minimizes inmate movement, as they only leave their housing pods to
go to court or medical. Maximum flexibility is achieved by providing
individual cells, sized for double bunking capabilities and dayrooms
sized accordingly (per American Correctional Association standards).
The jail's features include a small juvenile holding area maintaining
site and sound separation, a negative air pressure medical unit, male
and female Work Release with separate entrances from General Population
and a separate dress out and release path that doesn't cross traffic
with Intake & Booking. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office was designed
to provide staff security, while providing "public friendly" access to
The facility also incorporates state-of-the-art touch screen controls
and security systems throughout. The design allows for each control
center to be under the direct visual observation of at least two other
control posts at all times, increasing the security of the facility
without increasing staff.
While the bulk of the facility incorporates these latest features and
technology, the Public Lobby capitalizes on the opportunity to recognize
the history and essence of Dodge City and Western Kansas. As visitors
enter into the two-story lobby, they are greeted by a silk screen wall
covering, which features images of Dodge City during its "Wild West"
days and portrait photography of some of the area's more notable figures
including Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.