bg architecture a division of bg consultants, inc
riley county law enforcement center //// Manhattan, Kansas
Although themes of enclosure, manifest by masonry exterior walls, represent the iconic imagery of the jail building type, the Riley County Law Enforcement Center was designed to also communicate the transparency of the law. Large expanses of glazing along a public entryway and a continuous ribbon of glass about the law enforcement center communicates the transparency of local, state and federal laws. These expanses of glazing not only communicate ideas of order, but offer natural light within the facility. Light scoops located above the jail let light into inmate housing pods, while limiting inmate view only to the sky. Large expanses of masonry simultaneously communicate the concept of firm justice which is dictated by laws. For this project BG Consultants, Inc. assembled a design team with expertise in the Law Enforcement and Correctional Facilities fields. This facility contains a patrol, investigation, communication, and administration departments for the Riley County Police Department. Also included are physical training facilities and an evidence lab. The jail contains five housing pods. These pods allow flexibility in accommodating several inmate classifications. Three of the pods are dormitory, one pod is female medium and maximum security, and the last pod is male maximum security and isolation. All classifications have medical cells with special mechanical systems for air quality control. Indoor recreation is also provided. The main structure housing the law enforcement center and the jail is 58,870 square feet. A 2,460 square feet vehicle service building was included in this project.
Civil and Structural Design and Detailing
Board of County Commissioners
Riley County, Kansas