PEMISCOT COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
In 1999, Pemiscot County, located in the boot-heel region of Southeast Missouri, passed a Law enforcement Sales Tax to construct a new Jail and Justice Center to replace its 50-year-old facility. The site selected for the project is across the street from the county courthouse in order to minimize prisoner transportation to court. But it posed several challenges for the design team in terms of poor soils and high moisture content from the nearby Mississippi River, as well as highly-restrictive seismic requirements.
GGA responded by designing a compact, 136-bed, multi-custody Justice Center on deep-pier foundations. The center includes jury courtroom facilities, judges’ chambers, law library, prosecutors’ and child-support offices. The building exterior utilizes buff and rosette masonry with cut stone trim at the entry to match the adjacent courthouse.