Kent County

Sheriff Department

Grand Rapids, Michigan // 78,000 sq. ft.

Client Challenge and TowerPinkster Solution

TowerPinkster conducted a 20-year space needs program at the Sheriff’s Department Fuller Street campus. The existing Sheriff Department offices occupied 36,000 SF of outdated and cramped space comprised of a converted 1950’s jail and a 1960’s light steel frame addition. It featured tight spaces, poor insulation, poor air quality, and non-barrier-free spaces. Training facilities were outdoors, outdated, located remotely from the department headquarters, and insufficient for modern training for law enforcement and security. Separation of interior public and secure spaces was also weak.

The resulting design incorporated the construction of a 38,000 SF addition and the wholesale remodeling of the existing administrative offices. The new and remodeled structures include administration, records management, investigative, road patrol, scientific support, community services, emergency management, evidence storage, accounting, and training. Its state-of-the-art training center features a unique 360-degree live fire “shot house” where law enforcement officers can prepare for real-life scenarios. The training facility is also used by other law enforcement agencies in the region. A separate entrance is provided for their convenient use.