SDS Architects, teaming with Venture Architects, worked with Eau Claire County in the design of a new 345 bed Jail and Sheriff's Department Expansion and Remodeling project, the first phase for the new Justice Center Complex.
This state-of-the-art jail facility consists of four sections of inmate containment. Arranged around a central control area, these sections are then further divided into four pods including jail cells and a small communal area. From this central control area, staff can monitor inmates through one-way mirrored glass.
SDS lead the major exterior design associated with the new jail addition. Located on the western bank of the Chippewa River, in downtown Eau Claire, SDS worked closely with the city to ensure the facade and landscape complimented the historic riverbank. Heavy emphasis was placed on ensuring that the jail facility didn't "look like a jail" from the river, but more like the other commercial and campus buildings in the vicinity.
Following completion of the New Jail, the second phase was to remodel a large portion of the existing Courthouse for a new Joint City/County Law Enforcement Center with a construction value of $8 million.
This multi-phased project included the relocation of every county department, but SDS's primary task was expansion and remodeling of the ECPD and County Sheriff's offices into a combined Law Enforcement Office.