The Greene County Sheriff’s Office & Jail project provides a safe and secure facility to meet the county’s law enforcement needs. This project is located on a 23-acre greenfield site, on the western edge of Springfield. It was designed to replace an undersized and dated facility, which was landlocked in the downtown government campus. The site was selected due to its highway access, proximity to the existing Judicial Center, and capacity for future expansion.
Precast cells were selected for long term durability and the increased speed of construction. Since a precast concrete erection company would be on site during construction, the design team had the opportunity to incorporate precast concrete in the building envelope. Economical, gray precast wall panels with a rhythmic vertical reveal detail clad the jail. Sleek, white precast panels were utilized as part of the exterior envelope of the Sheriff’s Office which fronts the project site. Evenly spaced precast panels with mirrored glass infills were incorporated into the building design to break down the long linear front façade. The panels were elevated at the front of the building to accentuate a warm wood panel design locating the primary public entrance.
Providing daylight throughout the occupied areas of the building while maintaining security for the building’s occupants was a challenge. Mirrored glass and clerestory windows were introduced to obscure views into the building’s perimeter and a roof monitor saturated the sheriff’s office interior with daylight.