By CN Staff
CANTON, Ga.—Cherokee County is now home to a newly renovated adult detention center. Cherokee County recently unveiled its revitalized facility which now includes over 110,000 square feet of new space.
The 225,000 square foot Cherokee County Adult Detention Center facility was first completed in 2002, but expansion was required to meet the county’s growing needs. CROFT provided the architectural design and construction administration services for the renovation/new service areas of this project.
Through the expansion, the Center acquired a 583-bed residential tower consisting of modular precast concrete cells with precast structural walls and floors, load-bearing CMU (concrete masonry unit) and cast-in-place concrete elevated with specially designed 21-day chambers. for indirect supervision from elevated control towers and 3 exercise yards. In addition, the access roadway around new and existing facilities has been extended. Renovations have also taken place in the kitchen, staff dining room, laundry room, visitor area, lobby and main control.
Several previously unused areas of the facility have been reinstated, including the original main detention entrance which had not been used for a number of years by staff and the public, but which still housed inmates on the perimeter. This area was renovated and modified so that inmate functions were not interrupted and became the new video visitation site which created a safe and efficient way for visitors to speak with inmates.
The renovation also included the addition of new public restrooms for visitors, a secure checkpoint for sheriff’s staff to monitor visitor activity, 29 video visitation stations, with space for 22 additional monitors and six visitation booths. video for private lawyers.
Other areas renovated include: the current main entrance, which has been given a new facade and now leads to a new secure lobby layout where visitors and Sheriff’s staff have been secured until properly released. The new lobby has created a clear separation for the main hallway, eliminating the worry of someone entering without proper security clearance.
The existing kitchen has been extended to accommodate the increased number of meals to be prepared and the staff dining room has been given upgraded finishes to give it a more pleasant environment. The main control room has been modified to increase the surveillance capabilities of the sheriff’s staff to view all movement inside the detention facility. The staff offices have also been modified to create a secure entrance for staff at the side of the main building.
In addition to the services mentioned above, CROFT also served as Studio 8’s partner for the addition of housing modules and served as construction administration lead for the 117,000 square foot addition and 600 beds at the Cherokee County Jail.
CROFT, founded in 2004, is a full-service architectural and engineering firm based in Kennesaw, GA with a second office in Lawrenceville, GA.