Blaine County, Idaho
Blaine County Public Safety Building
The Blaine County Public Safety Building includes an 84-bed podular jail, 10,240 square foot sheriff’s office, and six station 911 dispatch / emergency communications center. The jail design includes eight areas of segregation, including separate male and female work release dorms. Other jail components include an auto sally port, booking area, holding cells, central control, kitchen, laundry, outdoor exercise area, and program space. The podular jail is designed for indirect supervision of the housing pods from one central control room which reduces staff and operational costs. Though LEED certification was not pursued by the client, the building’s design incorporated many sustainable design features recognized by LEED. These features include a high performance mechanical system, low VOC materials, controlled natural lighting through clerestory windows, exterior shading devices with interior light shelves, reflective roof covering, and drought tolerant landscaping.