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Elkhart County Law Enforcement Center and Sheriff’s Administration Facility

Elkhart, Indiana

In the fall of 2003, DLZ was retained to prepare a Master Plan for a new, $187,000,000 correctional complex located on an 80-acre site two miles south of Elkhart, Indiana. In July of 2004, design and construction of Phase I of the Master Plan began including a Core Services Building, a Minimum-Medium Custody Unit, a Maximum Custody Jail unit, a central Utility Power Plant, and a Maintenance Building totaling approximately 415,890 gsf for all buildings. DLZ provided all professional services for this Phase including Civil, Site, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical design.

In the summer of 2007, as Phase I neared completion, DLZ teamed with Casteel Construction of South Bend, Indiana to win a competitive Design/Build proposal process to provide design and construction services for Phase II of the Master Plan: a new Law Enforcement Center and Sheriff’s Administration Facility (LECSAF).

DLZ provided all architectural and engineering design services for the new LECSAF including Programming, Design, Bidding and Construction Administrative services. The LECSAF is approximately 40,000 gsf on two floor levels and is located at the southeast corner of the Correctional Complex. The facility aligns with the overall campus master plan and takes advantage of existing topographic conditions to reinforce both the public and secure nature of the facility. The program includes administration, records, detective’s bureau, patrol division, crime lab, evidence processing, training, and storage. Construction consisted of a concrete foundation, 2-story structural steel frame, metal stud partitions, and masonry exterior.