The City desired a semi-traditional design that reflected the importance and nature of the functions occupying the facilities. This was accomplished by designing a public safety “campus” that utilized consistent brick, stucco and metal panel veneer throughout, but gave each department its own separate identity.
The courthouse and police station share one structure, with large glassed windows and inviting yet secure entryways. The courthouse portion includes a large courtroom, administration and judge offices, conference rooms and secure corridors allowing secure transportation of inmates from police to courts.
The police station portion consists of a five-bay sally port and booking area with six holding cells, which includes one detox cell. It also includes space for evidence processing, armory, evidence storage, secure drug and money storage, k-9 kennels, physical training, locker rooms, conference rooms, offices, administrative space and a training room that can be converted into a command center in case of an emergency. The facility has a four bay drive-through apparatus bay, 10 bunk rooms, fitness facility, training room, kitchen, day room, decontamination room, self-contained breathing apparatus and maintenance rooms.
The Shawnee Justice Center was completed on time and within budget. Requiring extensive coordination, a collaborative team and honest communication, the center is a remarkable showcase to the City’s first ever LEED building.