Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 19, 2013) – CMH recently completed the new Justin Sollohub Justice Center for the City of Anniston, a complex facility which combines the police department, municipal court, and jail into one 57,500-square-foot building. Chief Denham stated that “CMH’s knowledge of public safety facilities is clearly apparent in the design of our New Justin Sollohub Justice Center. Their design–build layout together with state of the art security electronics and their project management not only delivered a well-constructed, secure facility, but increased our efficiency both in manpower and the operations and maintenance of the building itself.”
The police facility includes customized spaces for each division: Administrative Department, Special Response Team, including enclosed storage for all their specialized equipment, weapons, and vehicles; a full crime lab and secure evidence storage area; Investigative Department; Patrol Unit; and Animal Control. Each of these spaces includes cutting-edge technology and is specifically designed to enhance the functionality and efficiency of each division.
The courtroom, which accommodates 200 and includes custom-designed equipment, and be converted to a community meeting room, a police training facility, or a public safety shelter during emergency weather events.
The jail was designed to accommodate 110 inmates in precast concrete modular cells that were delivered on-site complete with all furnishings, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC ducts, which also expedited the construction schedule. The jail also includes a full-service kitchen and laundry, an enclosed sally port for secure inmate drop-off, the latest electronic security system, and video visitation that allows family members to electronically visit without the inmate having to leave their cell block.
This project had a pre-construction total budget including design fees of $15 million but was designed, constructed, and furnished for a final project cost of $14.4 million.