New Miami County Detention Center Debuts in Downtown Paola
PAOLA, Kan. – Construction on the Miami County Detention Center in Paola was completed in November 2017. The new detention center has a 911/dispatch center and a sheriff’s office. It is a significant improvement, expansion and upgrade to the old facility, which was built in 1967.
Goldberg Group Architects, PC (GGA) based out of St. Joseph, Mo., was the architect on the project, with Loyd Builders serving as the construction manager, based out of its Ottawa, Kan., office. Design on the 43,700-square-foot project started in spring 2015, with an overall budget of $18 million. The new facility is three stories high.
GGA first interviewed with Miami County back in 2006, but wasn’t hired as the project’s architect until eight years later, according to Lawrence Goldberg, president and senior principal at GGA. Although the exterior of the Miami County Detention Center “echoes the architecture of a bygone era,” according to Goldberg, much has changed in the interim in the world of technology and design as far as correctional facilities are concerned.
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