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2018 Jail & Detention Seminar

May 21, 2018 Criminal Justice, From GGA, Planning Comments Off on 2018 Jail & Detention Seminar

The 2018 Criminal Justice & Detention Facility Seminar took place on April 25th in Columbia, MO featuring industry professional speakers, products and services. The seminar was hosted by Pauly Jail Building Company and was sponsored by numerous industry leading companies including GGA. Thank you to all the vendors and attendees that helped make the seminar a success!

Another Successful Project by GGA

October 13, 2017 Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Another Successful Project by GGA


Several counties have experienced setbacks recently trying to build justice facilities after voters approved ballot issues.  These projects went on hold as bids came in significantly over-budget.  Dedication of the new Bourbon County KS Law Enforcement Center demonstrates that projects can move forward in this difficult construction market.  Bourbon County Officials worked closely with the design team at Goldberg Group Architects to adjust the scope and budget to move their project forward with expert construction management from Universal Construction.  

The state-of-the-art 21,000 square foot, 74-bed facility contains detention housing, Sheriff’s offices and support facilities such as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), canine runs and a shelled Housing Pod for (16) future beds.  Project costs total $8.8 million including all construction fees and furnishings.  There were $0.00 in Change Orders for the project–practically unheard of in today’s construction environment and on buildings of this complexity and size.  Plans include return of $21,000 in unused project funds to Bourbon County.

Recent Mental Health Issues in Jail Design

September 19, 2016 Criminal Justice, From GGA Comments Off on Recent Mental Health Issues in Jail Design


A critical aspect of designing a Detention facility today is to include the appropriate capacity to identify and manage mental illness.  GGA is pioneering a concept for cognitive management within the Detention environment through the “layering” of prisoner housing.   A GGA Jail design provides the Jail staff with a spectrum of housing & interview facilities starting at Intake, on to Medical assessment, then Special Needs housing and finally to General Population housing.  Each prisoner entering the institution is thoroughly interviewed, tested & assessed for physical & mental conditions which may adversely affect their ability to be successfully detained.

To read full Memo click: mental-health-article

Bourbon County, KS Breaks Ground on New Law Enforcement Center

July 5, 2016 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Bourbon County, KS Breaks Ground on New Law Enforcement Center


A  groundbreaking ceremony was held June 23rd, 2016 for the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center.  “It’s a special day for the county,” commission chair Barbara Albright said, saying the new center will provide more space as well as a safer environment and improved conditions for the inmates and the staff. Sheriff Bill Martin expressed his appreciation to the county and city officials as well as the citizens for making the new center a reality. The new facility designed by Goldberg Group Architects will consist of a 50-Bed Jail and Sheriff’s Offices.

Source: http://fortscott.biz/news/county-holds-groundbreaking-for-law-enforcement-center

Lawrence Goldberg gives GGA Financial presentation at Tri-State Sheriff’s Forum

July 5, 2016 From GGA Comments Off on Lawrence Goldberg gives GGA Financial presentation at Tri-State Sheriff’s Forum

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The Tri-State Sheriff’s Forum was held in Lansing, Michigan on June 16, 2016. The forum was open to Sheriffs, Jail Administrators, Comptrollers, Commissioners, and County Administrators. Lawrence Goldberg, of Goldberg Group Architects, presented “A New Approach to Financing Jails”. Mr. Goldberg is the first licensed architect to become a Managing Member of a Municipal Advisory Firm, GGA Financial Services, LLC. The Forum information assists counties early in the planning of a Justice project. This critical information helps them avoid the potential pitfalls of the process.

Watch for dates for the Midwest Forums on Justice Architecture taking place in Omaha and Kansas City in April of 2017.

Concrete and Steel Work in Seward County

October 7, 2015 Criminal Justice, Under Construction Comments Off on Concrete and Steel Work in Seward County

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It hasn’t taken long for Seward County’s new Jail and Justice Center to take shape. Concrete footings have been poured and some of the support steel has been placed. Once completed, the facility will contain a 60-bed jail, Sheriff’s Department, courts and County offices. Completion is slated for Spring 2017. Beckenhauer Construction also has a camera up at the site that allows a quick view of the job at any time. Click here to see the live feed.

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Need For Jail: More Than Lack of Maintenance

April 2, 2015 All, Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Need For Jail: More Than Lack of Maintenance

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There are several issues driving the push to build a new jail in Bourbon County.

On Wednesday, Larry Goldberg, president of Goldberg Group Architects PC of St. Joseph, Mo., talked about those issues prior to the final public forum to discuss the $6.8 million proposed bond issue.

During public tours of the existing Southeast Kansas Regional Correction Center, built in 1977, sheriff and jail staff have pointed to areas of deterioration — rusting showers, crumbling concrete, and non-functioning door locking mechanisms. Pointing out the jail’s condition has led some in the community to ask why they should support a new jail project if the county hasn’t taken better care of what it has.

“A jail wears at about four to five times a normal building,” Goldberg said. “Doors get opened and closed hundreds of times a day. Equipment is attacked or vandalized. Surfaces get urinated on. I’m not mincing words.”

“One question is why is a jail different than any other building?” Goldberg said. “Of course the answer is because buildings like jails or prisons have a user group, or occupancy group that’s extremely hostile, unlike people in an office building.”

He said the real answer is because most of the walls in a jail are concrete and all the systems are encased in those walls.

“You can’t have them accessible to the occupants or detainees because they will do damage to them,” Goldberg said.

To protect the utility structure from being abused by the jail population, items such as plumbing, electrical and water lines were encased in the concrete. As those systems age, the concrete makes it difficult and expensive to make repairs.

The building structure is also why it is not feasible to upgrade the existing facility. Goldberg said when a person wants to redesign an office building, the drywall and studs can be easily torn out and rebuilt. Tearing out and building new concrete walls in the existing jail would be difficult and expensive, Goldberg said.

He said the idea of renovating the existing jail was explored. When the jail was built in 1977, the idea was that it could be added onto vertically, Goldberg said. But because of newer codes, the result would mean the need for additional staff.

“If somehow Bourbon County’s jail had been beautifully maintained, you wouldn’t have some of the problems of the leaks, the plumbing difficulties, and the electrical difficulties,” Goldberg said. “But a large reason this needs to be addressed is that buildings like these that fall under a certain infrastructure, that fall under specific codes and standards which change and are updated, a jail like this becomes so inadequate and becomes so outworn that no amount of renovation can make it sufficiently modern.”

Source:  Fort Scott Tribune

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