Jackson County Commissioners View Updated Plans For New Government Building And Jail

Fri 1-20-2023

(Jackson)- The recent Jackson County Commissioner's Meeting saw a large update on the new Government Services Building and Law Enforcement Center. Wold Engineering brought in their schematic of what the building might look like, with some major additions on the design to better fit the land it will be on, and better take care of inmates and staff.

Some of the major changes included the new hallway between cells and the actual outside of the building, a change which has many functions...

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There is the functional aspect of the corridor, being able to service the plumbing fixtures in the detention cells, but there's also another role that this corridor plays, and that is that the secure perimeter of the jail itself, the detention area actually becomes the backside of the cells, and so while it's required to bring daylight into each of these cells for all of the inmates, the corridor gives us an opportunity to sort of create a separation between what's secure and what's non secure.”

That separation will make servicing inmate plumbing much easier, as well as allow architects to make the outside of the building slightly more appealing, since window bars and other jail code will be met on the windows on the inside of the corridor.

Another major change is the height of the walkway connection between the current government west building and the new proposed building. In previous plans, that corridor had risen up to the existing building's height where the two connected, but that will now be moved back to the atrium. Small changes to the training rooms and exits, especially for the county commissioner board room, were also included.

The overall cost of the building looks to currently be between something like $20-39 million dollars. The reason that divide is so large is because of state funding. Should state funding be acquired, the cost will decrease up to 50%, to around that $20 million mark. However getting state funding has requirements that could add 15% onto the building's overall cost, though savings of an extra 35% would cancel that out on the local level.