Klein McCarthy Architects was commissioned by Polk County and the Tri-County Community Corrections Regional Board to develop a program and design for a Jail and Courtroom complex. With Richard Rude Architectural and a team of engineers, KMA led a "hands-on" client team from programming concepts to bidding in seven months. The single strongest operational feature of this joint-use facility surfaced in a strong connection of the jail to the courts floor: the owner-architect design collaboration brought to reality a vision of "Zero Distance" inmate court transfer.
With a continuing trend of heightened security concerns, the design provides for court staging at the jail intake center under direct visual control by the jail's central control room. Inmates arrive via elevator to a security court vestibule adjacent to the master calendar and criminal trial courtrooms. Site master planning resulted in clear zones of public, private, and service traffic, including a separation of staff, work release and public parking areas, and an architectural expression of public service for the community.