After completing a Starke County Jail Feasibility Study in 2013, the Starke County Commissioners hired DLZ for planning and professional architectural and engineering services for a new 47,500 square foot Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. DLZ coordinated this effort with The Skillman Corporation’s Construction Management Services, working closely with the commissioners, jail committee, sheriff, jail staff, and construction manager to identify and address county needs, expansion capabilities, and staffing efficiencies. The overall scope of work includes renovating an existing building at a new site for sheriff’s administration with new construction consisting of the intake/booking and inmate housing areas. The new facility has bed space for 145 inmates – an increase of nearly 90 beds.
The facility was designed and built for safety, efficiency and effective rehabilitation. In addition to the jail, there is a sheriff’s office and administrative area, a courtroom and court offices, a 911-dispatch office and a video visitation room for the public. The new jail includes a better booking and intake area, a small medical unit, indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, as well as new laundry and kitchen facilities. The added spaces allows for proper classification and segregation of inmates.