PLATTE COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY
Columbus, NE | 2003
47,835 sq. ft.
CWPA designed this male and femail 135-bed county-based adult jail on an 8-acre site in an industrial park in Columbus, Nebraska. This full service jail includes a state-of-the-art video arraignment hearing room to allow for neighboring counties to have judicial access to inmates held in the facility.
The county detention facility is a full service self-contained county jail including jail administration, intake and processing, work release capabilities, public lobby, visitation, hearing room, laundry facilities, food service, program and counseling areas, indoor and outdoor recreation, maintenance, and storage areas.
This highly energy-efficient facility features a geothermal heating and cooling system which utilizes the constant temperature within the earth to help reduce energy costs. Innovative use of daylighting was carefully incorporated into the design, supplying an abundance of natural light to provide a normalized environment and to reduce lighting loads.
Photographs by Tom Kessler