SWBR worked with Wayne County to develop a new Public Safety Building. The design created a sophisticated, light-filled facility while preserving three vintages from the 1960’s to the 1980’s of an abandoned nursing home building. The design transforms a stoic building into a softer, more subtle structure through the use of wood, glass, light and landscape. Primary tenants include the Wayne County Sheriff, Emergency Management Office, Fire & EMS Coordinators, Stop DWI Program, Probation and Correctional Alternatives, Veteran’s Services, Board of Elections, and County Records Storage.
The facility received exterior improvements, including roofing replacement, masonry restoration, window replacement and upgrades of cladding panels. Mechanical and electrical systems are new throughout, and the entire facility was provided with an automatic sprinkler system. A former courtyard was infilled with a small addition to provide the shared facility with a common Public Entrance and Lobby, and another outdoor space between two wings was infilled to provide a modest garage area for Sheriff’s uses.
The project was completed on budget, without using all available contingency funds. Remaining monies were able to be transferred back into Wayne County’s General Ledger account. It is conservatively estimated that the County saved about $3.5 million by avoiding demolition of the existing structure, and sitework and other new construction related to a new building that was able to be reused instead.
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