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Clinton County New Annex

Clinton County New Annex Clinton County has experienced consistent growth and, consequently, has outgrown its departmental office space located within its remarkable, historic courthouse. The county approached RQAW | DCCM and Envoy to renovate the former Regions bank building on the northwest corner of the town square and create more office space. The more the team dug into the design, however, the more they discovered the amount of repairs and alterations that would be required to make the former bank building fit the county’s needs. The building itself was actually an amalgamation of four or five unique structures cobbled together and reclad over the hundred years of its life. RQAW | DCCM and Envoy explored the cost of tearing down and building new and discovered that the cost to renovate was quickly approaching the cost to build new. On top of that, the renovation option was only a bandage solution, as it could not properly accommodate future growth space needs for the county. Envoy and RQAW | DCCM pitched this idea to the county, along with some concept sketches of a two-story and a three-story option. In light of these facts, the county agreed that building new would be the responsible way to proceed. Fully understanding the weight of importance that comes with building a new building on a historic town square, RQAW | DCCM and Envoy worked closely with the city of Frankfort, their historic preservation commission, and Frankfort Main Street to provide a design that would serve as a worthy addition to the core of Frankfort’s cultural hub. Demolition started in late May, and new construction will begin mid-August.

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Daleville Town Hall and Police Station

Daleville Town Hall and Police Station Daleville, Indiana Adding a modern touch to expanded county facilities Challenge: Modernizing the area while staying consistent with the look of surrounding construction is always a balancing act. Solution: RQAW | DCCM lead in the design of a 17,100-sf Town Hall and Police Station completed in December of 2021. This new building provides the Town of Daleville with a facility large enough to accommodate the Town’s growing needs as it continues to experience commercial and residential growth. The façade of this newly designed station will modernize the area while working to complement the tone of the Town’s existing buildings.  Completed 2021 Size 17,100 SF

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Daviess County Courthouse

Daviess County Courthouse Washington, Indiana Challenge: Daviess County received a Historic Preservation Fund grant administered by the IDNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. The County wanted to complete repairs while preserving the courthouse’s historic architecture, which was originally constructed in 1928 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a Neo-Classical Revival style building with a grand atrium featuring a large stained glass laylight surrounded by a pyramidal steel and glass skylight, which had numerous broken pieces that were at risk of falling. Solution: Taking into account the funding and historical nature of the building, RQAW | DCCM prepared all necessary documentation and specifications to properly restore the stained glass laylight to its original grandeur, while incorporating much-needed safety measures. In coordination with the Indiana SHPO, RQAW | DCCM completed the preliminary design plans. RQAW then oversaw the bidding process, final design, specifications, and construction monitoring. RQAW | DCCM used National Park Service Preservation Briefs to develop a design that met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. Our methodical attention to detail throughout the laylight’s restoration helps preserve the building for continued enjoyment by the Daviess County community.

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Delaware County Justice Center

Delaware County Justice Center Muncie, Indiana Innovative, adaptive reuse project meets county’s judicial needs Challenge: Initially, RQAW | DCCM was asked to determine the best means to accommodate the County’s long-term justice system space needs, including the expansion of existing facilities, building new on a greenfield site, and the consideration of several existing facilities for adaptive reuse. Solution: RQAW | DCCM’s recommendation at the conclusion of the study was to purchase the vacant middle school and utilize it for the justice system’s needs. The County then hired RQAW | DCCM to not only design the proposed facility but to also develop and construct the facility utilizing the Indiana’s Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT) statute. The Delaware County Justice Center project is an adaptive reuse project that converts a decommissioned middle school into a complete justice facility. It houses all county justice departments under one roof, including the prosecutor, probation, five courts, clerk, family support and IV-D court, sheriff’s office, community corrections, a 500-bed jail, and all necessary support and ancillary spaces. Included in the design are fully functional large-scale laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as ample space to build on and expand as needed in the future. The justice center is comprised of over 247,000-sf on two levels and all the departments are interconnected for maximum operational efficiency. The $47M project was completed in 2020 without a single change order to the owner. Cost $47M Completed 2020 Size 247,000 SF

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Dubois County Justice Facility Study

Dubois County Justice Facility Study RQAW | DCCM conducted a Justice Study to determine the immediate and future space needs of the Dubois County Security Center, Community Corrections, Courthouse, and Annex. To conduct this study, the Existing Facilities were documented. Questionnaires were also used to gather qualitative information about existing conditions, staffing, and programmatic uses. Staff interviews were completed, and additional programmatic needs were identified. An assessment of the existing conditions and spaces was performed and then used as the basis for developing the space requirements and features of the proposed facilities, including the housing pod and Community Corrections expansion. This information was then utilized to develop floor plans and diagrams that improves functionality of the departments involved, accommodates immediate space and staff needs, and enables Dubois County to satisfy the long-term evolving demands associated with these types of facilities. An option that resulted from this study is the basis for the proposed project. This includes the renovation and expansion of the existing detention facility to facilitate important programs, provide adequate administrative and support space, expand housing, and improve operational efficiency. Additionally, this option includes the expansion of the community corrections building to include additional classrooms, administrative space, and housing. Finally, this option recommends moving the courts to the justice campus site. With all these justice components on one site, designed for current and future needs, the County has an opportunity to provide the taxpayers with a well-coordinated, operationally efficient, and cost-effective solution.

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