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Muscatine County Law Enforcement

CHALLENGE

Muscatine County was outgrowing its existing space, and wanted to build room for additional beds that could house an increased number of federal inmates and consolidate work-release offenders (who were housed elsewhere) into the jail.

SOLUTION

The 136-bed addition, designed by Shive-Hattery detention and planning designers while at another firm, provides the Muscatine County Law Enforcement Center with new inmate housing, a kitchen, a mechanical room and support spaces.

The building has precast insulated wall panels with interior concrete block bearing walls. The original laundry room was adapted to accept new equipment, and the interior of the existing kitchen was demolished and turned into a storage room. The building was also connected to an existing geothermal wellfield system so it can take advantage of the nearly constant temperature of the ground for heating and cooling.

Security was improved with video visitation technology and minor repurposing of the vehicular sally port, which allows traffic to move in the opposite direction for better flow and efficiency.

IMPACT

The building addition and renovation satisfies Muscatine County’s increasing inmate housing needs and provides several functional improvements, setting the facility up for long-term success with new equipment and ample storage.
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