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“Usually when you open a new building, you’ve got a year of working the bugs out. We’ve been sitting here pretty good, and it’s been six months.”   – Mike Kutcher, Jackson County Maintenance Supervisor 4│ TRENDS persons and the judge, the judge’s office staff, and maintenance staff,” Waldera said. “It was a situation where, if we had an unruly person, it would bring harm and risk to bystanders,” he said. “We wanted to eliminate that.” Design puts safety first In response, Ayres designed a 125-foot-long secure transfer corridor that avoids all unnecessary interactions. “The only people with access are the bailiffs transporting detainees down there, and then we designed for a couple of prisoner holding rooms feeding into each courtroom,” said Ayres’ Steve Hoecherl, project architect. “Through the process with this addition, we solved security measures of prisoner transfer from the jail to the courts and helped improve the old way of doing things.” During the entire process, the design team and county officials consulted frequently and modified plans accordingly. “We had an ongoing process as we were doing this design. It was like, ‘If we could address this,’ ‘If we could address that’ ” Hoecherl said. “We started out with the courtroom but picked off a few other things too.” It was discussions like this that led to the addition of a security checkpoint area in the public lobby. “There’s a station now for a security officer to have a glass viewing area of the lobby,” Hoecherl said. “That got added into the project along the way.” For Waldera, the biggest benefit of all is in the improved security – something he hopes residents county-wide and beyond recognize.