Marshall County Public Safety Building

The Marshall County Commission purchased the former Jozabeth’s clothing and accessories retail store building with the intent to redesign the structure to serve the County’s 911 Center, Office of Emergency Management, and the Sheriff’s Department.  The concept made responsible use of the public’s investment while also contributing to the overall reduction of environmental impact in reuse of an existing building.  In doing so, this created a vivid design opportunity in bestowing new life to a mid-century modern building in downtown Moundville where the present building stock is decaying.  It was of tremendous importance to the County and the design team to introduce a source of life and activity for the community at all hours of the day while being a significant physical presence of law enforcement in a highly visible location.

Having been vacated for an expanse of time as well as suiting very differing programmatic needs; complete demolition of non-bearing interior walls, all finishes, and remediation of hazardous materials were required prior to new adaptations.  The existing building site is ideally located across 7th Street from the County Courthouse.  Additional residential properties were purchased to allocate proper parking availability for staff which is at a premium in the downtown business district.  Secure gated access is provided to the staff parking lot as well as the new vehicular sallyport addition for detainee transport.

The program for the 911 and OEM Center include a new, state of the art 911 Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, Audio/Mapping/Radio Programming Room, Administrative Offices, Executive Conference Planning Room, Men’s and Women’s Bunk Room with Shower/Toilet facilities, Records Room, Storage Room, and other supporting space.

The Sheriff’s Department features an Administrative & Investigative Suite, large Training/Meeting room, Physical Training/Fitness Room, Armory, Evidence Processing & Log-In Room, Central Detainee Processing and Holding Cells, Records Storage, Law Enforcement Storage, K-9 & SWAT Equipment Storage, Radar Equipment Storage, and Home Confinement offices.

The scope included a full exterior restoration comprised of new glazing with supporting sun control and shading devices, existing envelope sealant with a highly insulative perimeter wall backup, a new foundation drainage system to remedy prior basement infiltration issues, a controlled entry vestibule with immediate adjacency to all departments, a new 2,000 sf addition to accommodate additional programmatic spatial needs, a new high performance roof assembly, and environmentally preferable finishes and materials throughout.  Structural adaptations were made for seismic requirements of an essential facility as well as all protective architectural requirements prescribed by NFPA 1221.  All new comprehensive mechanical, plumbing, lighting and electrical systems were major factors to achieving sustainability targets.  Redundant systems and emergency power were provided so the facility can continue to operate uninterrupted during an event of disturbance.  Sophisticated access control, audio visual technology and specialty systems furniture fully converted the existing shell into a high performing and functioning safety operations facility.


Marshall County Commission


Moundsville, WV


24,400 gsf


Adaptive Reuse, Additions