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Douglas County Law Enforcement Center

HMN Architects, Inc.

Posted: September 16, 2020 | Projects

Rural counties face a different set of circumstances compared to their urban counterparts. Many rural counties have populations that are declining, even while certain crime rates are increasing. A common issue that threads through these problems is a lack of suitable candidates for staffing rural law enforcement. Most counties split their limited resources between staffing their overcrowded, dilapidated jails and keeping patrol units on the road.

Photo Courtesy of Bob Greenspan Photography

Douglas County was dealing with those issues, and its staff had many responsibilities trying to keep their building functioning adequately. The operation of the facility was inefficient, the bed space was inadequate, and the conditions the staff worked in needed improvement.

HMN Architects' collaborative design process with Douglas County officials resulted in a modern Law Enforcement Center. Working closely with the Sheriff, we determined specifics such as bed count, type of beds, and the different levels of confinement that were needed. We designed a modern, economical facility that will function for years to come.

The newly-designed jail has 48-beds — more than double the amount of their existing facility. Because of advanced technology, the facility is safer for both staff and inmates. The new facility also offers a chance to generate revenue by housing inmates from surrounding counties when bed space is available, helping offset expenses. Within the new facility, there is a dispatch and control center, offices for staff, a reception area, inmate housing, and an indoor/outdoor exercise yard.

The control room is the focal point of this project; it is paramount to the facility's function. The control room is large and elevated, giving the jailers the best views into every dayroom to monitor the inmates. The control room is adjacent to the booking desk to keep the critical staff near each other. We also designed an area specifically for dispatch to work in this stronghold, keeping them in the building's safest area.

The kitchen and laundry functions for the facility are adjacent to booking and the secure vehicular sally port for controlled delivery and oversight. This design allows the Sheriff the flexibility to use inmate labor or staff in these areas.

The dayroom glazing is mirrored on the inmate's side to lessen their ability to see who is in the corridor and operating the control room.

There is a separate staff entry that allows secured access into the building. The importance of separating the public, staff, and inmate circulation paths is vital for safety measures. Adjacent to this entrance is an “evidence processing area” and secured storage to keep the chain of custody intact.

The administrative area is set up along the east elevation, with large windows allowing natural light to enter the space. The neutral color scheme shows off the rich coffee-colored millwork, black countertops, and trim.

The exterior is a mix of burnished block, precast panels, and galvanized corrugated steel panels, highlighted with a custom-designed sign at the entry that reflects the facility's function.

The new Douglas County Law Enforcement Center facility is a much-needed transformation designed around the needs of the law enforcement staff. These improvements should serve the needs of the community for decades to come. 

Building Envelope: Prestressed Casting Co.
Membrane Roofing: Carlisle Syntec
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Daylighting & Skylights: Kingspan Light + Air
Flooring: Johnsonite, Shaw, Bolyu, Roppe
Lighting: Lithonia, Mark, New Star

HMN Architects, Inc.
7400 W. 110th Street, Ste. 200
Overland Park, KS 66210

Structural Engineer
Walter P Moore
1100 Walnut Street, #1825
Kansas City, MO 64106

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
BGR Consulting Engineers, Inc.
8908 W. 106th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

General Contractor & Cost Estimator
Septagon Construction
113 E. 3rd Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

Civil Engineer
CJW Transportation Consultants, LLC
5051 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65810

Security Consultant
Accurate Controls
420 E. Oshkosh Street
Ripon, WI 54971

Date Bid: Aug 2018
Construction Period: Aug 2018 to Feb 2020
Total Square Feet: 12,735
Site: 5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,735; total, 12,735 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 26′; total, 26′.  
Basic Construction Type: New/structural steel/tilt-up.
Number of Buildings: One. 
Foundation: Cast-in-place. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, precast.
Roof: Membrane. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the September/October 2020 issue of DCD