Hancock County Jail
Hancock County, IN
Master planning for the county's judicial needs, now and later
Challenge: The Hancock County Board of Commissioners were seeking architectural design services to renovate the current county jail and community corrections building to include a new space for community corrections department, probation, and the Prosecutor.
Solution: RQAW worked closely with the Hancock County Commissioners, Council, Sheriff, stakeholders, and staff to develop the space and operational requirements for two options (architectural space program), including the remodel of the existing facilities (courthouse, existing jail, and community corrections) and a proposed design for a new jail facility on County-owned farm land east of Greenfield. The County opted for the new, 117,000 square foot jail, master planned to allow for projected growth over the next 20 years, including a future Sheriff administration component and adjacent County/commercial development along US 40. The housing pods were designed for 440 beds with the shell space for an additional 136 beds. A future pod was master planned for an additional housing pod for up to 600 more beds. Support buildings for evidence, maintenance, etc., were also provided. In addition to housing, the jail included facilities for intake, booking, kitchen, laundry, and a small administration component. Estimated construction cost is approximately $38M. The project was bid under budget and has an anticipated completion date in 2021.