Municipal / Justice

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Our justice architects have dedicated their 20+ year careers to designing jails, detention facilities, courthouses, and public safety centers for state, county and municipal governments. Our designers understand the intricacies of each building type and how to work with urban and suburban communities to navigate difficult political landscapes. Our evidence-based design approach improves staff retention, reduces long-term operational costs, and provides a secure and a safe environment for the inmates, staff and public. Collectively, our staff’s experience encompasses more than $2 billion in projects, including juvenile justice facilities, state prison facilities, city and county jails, women's detention facilities, courthouses, and other government administration buildings.

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Our team has executed

the design of more than

3,000 architectural projects

and 1,700 interior design

projects.

Our justice architects have dedicated their 20+

year careers to designing jails, detention facilities,

courthouses, and public safety centers for state,

county and municipal governments. Our designers

understand the intricacies of each building type and

how to work with urban and suburban communities to

navigate difficult political landscapes. Our evidencebased

design approach improves staff retention,

reduces long-term operational costs, and provides

a secure and a safe environment for the inmates,

staff and public. Collectively, our staff’s experience

encompasses more than $2 billion in projects, including

juvenile justice facilities, state prison facilities, city and

county jails, women’s detention facilities, courthouses,

and other government administration buildings.

Wakefield Beasley & Associates (WBA) offers clients high

quality planning, architectural and interior design across

a diversity of corporate capabilities, anchored by an

unwavering commitment to providing exceptional client

service. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, we hold

regional offices in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida, Dallas,

Texas, Charleston, South Carolina, Panama City, Panama

and Shanghai.

Committed to designing environmentally responsible

buildings, WBA maintains a staff of 160 + talented

professionals from a wide range of countries. These include

registered and LEED accredited professionals. Our team

has executed the design of more than 3,000 architectural

projects and 1,700 interior design projects throughout the

United States and six foreign countries. These projects range

in size with projects up to 3 million square feet.


“We believe in the power of design to improve

operational performance, attract and retain top

staff, enhance the overall work environment, and

inspire future innovations.”

Karen Sicner, AIA

Director, Municial/Justice Studio

ksicner@wbassociates.com

With over 30 years of experience in

government + civic design, Karen has been

responsible for designing or managing

over $500 million in construction. Her

thorough understanding of architectural,

engineering, operational and security

components of a building allows her to

proactively manage projects to the benefit

of her clients.

Steve has extensive experience in a

variety of project types that he has gained

over his 30+ year career. He excels at

managing and organizing project teams

on high profile projects. He ensures that

collaboration happens at every stage of

a project, from developing the project

manual to final contract documents.

Steve Defelippi, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager

sdefelippi@wbassociates.com


Cobb County Adult

Detention Center

Marietta, Georgia

Karen Sicner worked with Cobb County Sheriff’s Office to project future program needs and develop

a master plan to match those needs with logical phases. The first phase was a 384-bed work/release

center. The next phase was $94 million and consisted of a 1,172-bed addition, new intake and transport

area, new video visitation center, new staff lockers and administration area; and renovations at the

existing medical and mental areas, kitchen, laundry and staff support and jail administration. Extensive

research was undertaken, including visiting new intake centers across the country, to develop new

procedures and processes that would insure the facility would operate at maximum efficiency and

safety. This project is serving as a model for new facilities throughout the County.


Jefferson Station

Police Precinct and

Public Library

Jefferson, Georgia

The Jefferson Station renovation project is a great example of government entities revitalizing old

structures for public utilization and community improvement. Built in an abandoned Food Lion, the

project challenged Wakefield Beasley to coordinate the needs of multiple city departments into one

cohesive design. By mobilizing the programming process quickly, the firm was able to provide multiple

schematic design options from which the client could choose the best path forward for final design

and construction. Wakefield Beasley was able to provide distinct space for community meetings, public

library and the police station in one development while transforming the exterior with unique façade

enhancements.


United States

Bankruptcy Court

Aberdeen, Mississippi

A 47,000 square foot two-story Courthouse for the Northeast District of Mississippi that houses two stateof-the-art

courtrooms and Judges Chambers. The facility also contains Clerk of the Court and other

Bankruptcy operations along with space for U.S. Trustees and U.S. Marshall’s Offices. The exterior design

is classical in concept, utilizing brick and precast concrete to emphasize the stature and stability of the

Federal Government and reflect the importance of the facility.


Forsyth County

Courthouse and Jail

Cumming, Georgia

Wakefield Beasley was tasked with delivering a new courthouse and jail facility to address Forsyth

County’s growing needs and improve upon security measures in place in their current facilities. The firm

proposed a design solution that provided multiple opportunities for imminent and future growth in the

form of vacant spaces on each floor and expansion space on-site. Designers also included a bridge

that connects the courthouse to the jail to allow the safe transport of inmates between both facilities.

Despite a shortened project schedule, the project was delivered on time and under budget. Forsyth

County continues to call upon Wakefield Beasley for county improvement projects.


Flowery Branch

City Hall

Flowery Branch, Georgia

The City of Flowery Branch has created a master plan to revitalize the center of the town. As part of

this process, Wakefield Beasley was hired to design a new city hall to consolidate all major municipal

facilities into one complex while providing desirable retail and community spaces in the main city block.

With a fixed budget and limited space, the firm was tasked with designing distinct spaces for all city

functions as well as parking and plaza space. Wakefield Beasley has proposed a design solution that

will work with the challenging site topography to maximize facility space in a non-traditional industrial

warehouse aesthetic with a demonstrable civic presence. The design team is working closely with

the construction manager to ensure all of the client’s needs are met in the design phase in terms of

programing and constructibility. The resulting facility will centralize the administrative, court and police

functions in a unique complex evocative of the small town character of Flowery Branch.


Berkeley Lake

City Hall

City Of Berkeley Lake, Georgia

Wakefield Beasley & Associates provided Architectural Design Services for the City of Berkeley Lake’s

City Hall. The new 3,750 square feet City Hall is located on approximately 1.85-acres. The facility includes

the city’s administrative offices, a city council/public meeting room and an emergency supply and

communications area.

The City Hall blends with the wooded, residential character of the community taking advantage of

the site’s proximity and view of Lake Berkeley. The facility design is flexible to accommodate a variety

of community meetings, community functions, and future expansion. In addition, the design utilizes

sustainable building practices (including LEED principles) to minimize the facility’s impact on the

environment and reduce long term maintenance and operations costs.


Terrell County Youth

Detention Center

Dawson, Georgia

Designed to re-purpose an existing correctional boot camp for youth engaging in criminal behavior, the

Terrell County Youth Detention Center project capitalized on an existing structure and expanded it for

evolving needs. While the budget was limited, Wakefield Beasley was able to craft a design solution that

fit programming requirements to create a durable and normative juvenile facility environment within

the existing campus. The firm proposed multiple options with material and system evaluation to lower

costs and increase project deliverables. The design team implemented six-sided prefabricated cells to

eliminate joints and added a comprehensive housing component to the campus to fully transition the

program from boot camp to correction.


Oconee County

Detention Center

Walhalla, South Carolina

Oconee County had a long wish list for its new Detention Center and a very limited budget to deliver

it. Wakefield Beasley worked with the client to choose pre-engineered building systems and concrete

masonry construction to meet the strict budget requirements without compromising the programing

and security needs of the new facility. The overall design replaces an outdated structure, increases

housing and has more of an industrial aesthetic than a typical jail. Where other designers would try to

prescribe a one-size-fits-all design approach to this type of challenging municipal project, Wakefield

Beasley worked closely with the client to deliver the appropriate design solution. The facility now meets

current and future county needs in a safe, secure and efficient space.


Haralson County

Detention Center

Buchanan, Georgia

Wakefield Beasley & Associates worked with Comprehensive Program Services to renovate and convert

28,000 sf of an existing probation detention center into the County Jail and Sheriff’s Office. The scope

included demolition, renovation and new construction. Renovated spaces include booking, laundry,

kitchen, court and administrative areas, and included a total of 124 inmate beds with 6 outdoor fenced

recreation yards. In addition to the renovation, a new Sheriff’s Office wing was added to the existing

building.


Central PDC

Conversion

Cadwell, Georgia

WBA was chosen to assist GSFIC and the GA Department of Juvenile Justice in renovating the former

Central Probation Detention Center. The existing single story, 26,900 sq. ft. PDC is being converted

into a program and support building containing lobby/entry, administrative offices for DJJ staff,

multipurpose room/visitation, intake/holding, central control, medical, laundry, kitchen and dining hall,

6-8 Classrooms, open area/library and teacher work rooms. New construction consists of two new 12,850

sf housing unit with control rooms and a new gymnasium, outdoor recreation areas, medical offices,

installation of perimeter security fencing and installation of a central control room with CCTV system

throughout facility / campus.


Madison County

Jail Addition

Danielville, Georgia

The Madison County Jail addition consists of a new, $2.65 M, two-story, 32 bed cell block. The new

building houses 12 new cells, storage rooms, shower and support areas. The new cell building ties into

the existing observation tower. Additionally, renovation includes the sally port, control room, front office

area and kitchen. The addition has space for installing more cell blocks in the future, and provides easy

access for maintenance. The project was completed $90,000 under budget.


Riverbend

Correctional Facility

Milledgeville, Georgia

Riverbend Correctional Facility provides housing for 1500 inmates for the State of Georgia and was designed

to meet LEED silver design criteria. The facility was planned and constructed to add an additional 500 beds.

Riverbend consists of 12 new detention buildings. These buildings include an Intake / Processing Center, Outdoor

Recreation (walking trail, soccer filed and basketball courts), covered basketball courts with padded sports floor,

Dormitory and cell housing buildings, Administrative offices, Staff locker rooms and muster/training room, Dining and

food service, Laundry facility, Medical infirmary and clinic and an indoor and outdoor visiting center.

Winner of the 2012 design build honor award.

Full service architecture and engineering services were provided that included civil, architecture, structural,

electrical, mechanical, fire protection and landscape architecture. Design and construction were completed in 15

months.


Wakefield Beasley & Associates

5200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

p. 770.209.9393

www.wbassociates.com

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