New Tipton County Jail and Sheriff’s Administration Center Groundbreaking Event Scheduled for August 23, 2018
Tipton, IN. The Tipton County Board of Commissioners will host a groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction for the new Tipton County Jail and Sheriff’s Administration Center to be located at 2300 W. SR 28, in Tipton on August 23rd at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place in the auditorium of the Tipton Foundation followed by the official groundbreaking at the construction site. A bond issue was completed to support the capital project.
The new 35,788 square foot facility will replace the existing jail on West Madison Street that is over 120 years old and has a 27-person capacity. The design of the new 80-bed facility will include a number of unique design features in correctional operation, safety and security, including an elevated control room with 360-degree visibility of inmate housing and intake/ booking. The jail will be a stacked, two-level operational concept, divided into four areas: inmate housing, support and intake/booking and release, public area and sheriff's office. The design of the structure allows for future modification and expansion of the jail.
“Goals for this project are many, with effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars a top priority. I’m confident that the functional aspects of this facility meet Tipton County’s current and anticipated future needs for the safety and security of our citizens, Sheriff’s Department, and Jail staff,” said Mark Manier, Commissioner.
After previous jail design discussions in 2016 that did not meet site selection or budget needs, the County utilized a progressive design-build approach for design and construction of a new facility. The Tipton County committee includes Sheriff Tony Frawley, Matt Deckard, Jail Commander Lieutenant; Jim Ashley, County Councilman; and Mark Manier, County Commissioner. Bill Shepler, CEO of PMSI serves as the Tipton County owner representative and design criteria developer for the project. The design-builder for the project, Performance Services, was selected following a rigorous selection process. Design-build team members include Joe Mrak, senior architect and principal for Securitecture; American Structurepoint, Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve, Byce & Associates, and local contractors, Elevation Excavation and Omni Electric. Construction trades will be selected in an open-book bidding process.
The Tipton County committee has met with the design team every Thursday since April 2018 to review and refine designs for the program spaces planned for the facility.
Unique features of the new law enforcement center include:
- Aesthetically pleasing design respectful of the local architectural character
- Inclusion of one mental health cell, providing four beds
- Increasing the number of beds from 70 to 80 within the same budget
- First jail within the state to have booking observable just 32 feet from the central control
- Indoor/outdoor recreation under roof
- Jail detainees will not be able to see out of the building
- Jail detainees will never be outside of the walls of the building
- Master plan developed for future housing expansion of the jail
- Critical infrastructure capacity sized for future expansion, i.e., kitchen, laundry, intake
- Master plan developed to accommodate future expansion of county facilities
- Sheriff’s administration area designed to accommodate 20-year growth
- Enhanced Patrol/Investigations/common support areas with locker rooms
- Enhanced training opportunities with larger training room of 940 sq. ft./60 people
“The progressive design-build process has been very smooth and interactive. The communication and working relationship with Performance Services has been excellent. I’m confident that we have a design that meets all our program needs, is innovative, efficient, within our budget and will reduce ongoing operating costs.”
The construction phase of the project is scheduled for 13 months with target completion in September 2019.