The Putnam County Commission selected Silling Architects to design a new headquarters for the Putnam County Sheriff Department located in Winfield, WV. The Commission’s desire was to bring the entire Sheriff Department back onto the Courthouse campus as they were operating from several different locations throughout the county because they had outgrown their facility on campus. The project scope consists of complete renovation of an existing 6,600 square foot building (shown above at right) located on campus currently being used by the department and construction of a new addition (shown above at left). Silling worked in close collaboration with representatives from the County and Sheriff’s Department to perform programming services, preliminary space planning, massing and exterior character studies to determine how the new construction ties into the existing building and enhances the Courthouse campus.
The resulting design solution features a two-story building massing organized around a central, day-lit circulation spine with an open communicating stair. Entrance into the new building is via an access controlled secure vestibule allowing visitors access to the main lobby, Records Clerks or Day Report. A large multi-purpose room is located off the main lobby for use by the department for large training meetings, press conferences or county meetings. The remainder of the new construction program includes large evidence processing and storage areas, an open patrol room, outdoor rooftop space, executive offices and other support spaces. The renovation of the existing building will provide space for Day Report, detectives, and an enlarged fitness area with lockers and showers for officers and staff.