Justice Services Provided
Goldberg Group Architects, PC specializes in Justice Architecture. It’s what we do. GGA’s first justice project in 1985 was a prison renovation for the State of Missouri. Expertise in this field, accumulated from hundreds of studies and projects over the last three decades, serves clients who have a need for jails, sheriff’s departments, courts and county offices. Clients can be assured that their facility will be carefully planned and designed to minimize wasted space and staffing needs. This ensures that not only is the total construction budget respected, but also that the owner can afford to operate and maintain the facility for years to come. Our state-of-the-art facilities operate better with technology that enables staff to do more. If you are thinking about Justice Architecture–think GGA.
A Feasibility Study determines what kind of project is possible. You need to know how your project needs and available resources balance. Issues like site analysis, needs assessment, concept comparison, staffing, budget and financing options are all key aspects of a GGA Feasibility Study.
In the criminal justice industry, GGA has seen advances in electronic security systems. The large push-button control boards have been replaced by modern, fully-integrated electronic touch-screen systems. We maintain relationships with the top electronic security system companies in the country. Our Justice clientele benefit from our experience combined with cutting edge technology.
All buildings should be designed to address a “need” or solve a “problem”, whether it is a need for housing a family, a commercial building allowing a business to properly function, or a justice center for public service and protection. At GGA, we believe the design must successfully address the “need” and purpose for the building while meeting the client’s budget. Additionally, the building must incorporate attractive aesthetics, inside and out.
One of our greatest compliments came from a local contractor. Looking at one of our jails from across the street, he said, “It is one of the best looking buildings in town, yet people on fixed income don’t feel as if any of their money was wasted.”
GGA staff has years of successful construction administration, often developing excellent working relationships with contractors. We have had contractors comment that they sharpen their pencils more than usual for a GGA project due to the quality of the construction documents and the working relationship with our construction administration team.
A crucial component of a feasibility study is the Needs Assessment, which determines how many and which type of prisoners the jurisdiction can expect over the next 10-15 years. Data such as arrest records, unserved warrants, local sentencing patterns, average daily populations and State judicial legislation helps provide GGA’s criminologist with key insight into population size and profiles. The emerging design concepts should accommodate this essential information.
Owners will live or function for a large part of their day inside their new building. The interior finishes and furnishings must be pleasant and comfortable, without quickly becoming dated. GGA offers interior design services to facilitate the user’s functional and aesthetic needs and enhance their experience while in the building. GGA’s Interior designer works with the client on interior finishes and furnishings during the construction process, so that these materials can be properly budgeted, purchased and installed for occupancy as the building is being completed.
Lawrence Goldberg, Principal & Director of Design, works closely with County officials, Financial Advisors and GGA criminologists to:
- Accurately develop Staffing and Operational costs and options
- Coordinate facility design and construction with funding scenarios
- Work with the County’s staff and financial advisors to:
- Develop Revenue Neutral Options, where viable
- Analyze annual budget and construction costs
- Develop project timing and phases to optimize funding opportunities
- Balance sources and uses of funds to achieve long-term financial success
- Assist county officials to identify potential sources of revenues such as jurisdictions and agencies needing beds, grants and special loan programs
The successful passage of a ballot initiative may be required for a project to proceed. Goldberg Group Architects has the know-how to assist in this critical step. Involvement of County officials, staff and community members is necessary to garner the needed support for successful passage.
It begins with bringing all County officials and staff on board by educating them as to the need for a new Justice facility and the benefit to the community. Staff and officials must be a champion for the project if the ballot initiative is to be successful. During these informational sessions, GGA will relay information regarding the facility assessment, long range planning and provide for open discussion.
The community is engaged through a variety of formats including “YES” Campaign Committee organization, promotional materials and mailers, town hall meetings, and social media assistance. GGA can be a valuable partner in passing your next bond issue.
A broad array of Operational Procedures is established and refined during the 5-6 month transition period prior to occupancy. The Procedures & Policies Manual must incorporate these new procedures. The process may require updating the Sheriff’s existing manual for recent regulatory mandates (PREA) or assembling an entirely new document. Whether new or updated, GGA considers timely completion of the Procedures & Policies Manual to be a critical aspect of a successful project.