As the former site of the Bureau County Republican newspaper office and production center, this 21,000 SF office and warehouse was studied and reimagined by BKV Group to show how the  facility could be reused for a sheriff’s office, 9-1-1 communications center, and feature an 80-bed jail attached. The study revealed that the building and property allowed for the reuse of and remodeling of the building (with an addition) at a cost savings of more than $3.3M versus new construction.

Client: Bureau County
Type: GOVERNMENT, justice center
Size: 9,400 SF, 21,000 SF remodeling

Design Challenge

Studies dating back from 2007 indicated that the jail was overcrowded, too small, unsafe, and failed to comply with a number of state and national standards. With Bureau County looking at various options for expansion on-site, a great
opportunity presented itself to the county with this warehouse structure and the county took advantage with BKV completing a study to show how the existing facility could be effectively reused.

Project Outcomes

The new, 80-bed jail addition includes the following spaces:

  • Drive-thru, two-lane sallyport
  • Pre-booking center with medical evaluation room
  • Intoxilator room
  • After-hours visiting and public video visitation
  • Intake/release center
  • Kitchen and laundry
  • Recreation space
  • Program space
  • Medical suite
  • Central control
  • Contact and non-contact professional visitation
  • Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, and 9-1-1 Communications Center