Washtenaw County

Jail and District Court Expansion

Ann Arbor, Michigan // 85,000 sq. ft.

Washtenaw County identified four primary objectives including a 96-bed addition to the county jail; expansion and improvements to jail infrastructure and support services; HVAC upgrades to address indoor air quality and energy consumption; and a new facility for 14A District Court. A space needs study was conducted by TowerPinkster and HOK, and the overall design includes:

Public Entrance – Court and Jail:

  • Single point of access to 14A District Court, Sheriff’s Administration, and Jail

14A District Court:

  • Three court sets each consisting of Judge’s Chambers and Court Room with a shared Jury Deliberation Room
  • Secure holding areas for inmates
  • Court Administration
  • Multi-purpose jury assembly and public meeting room
  • Office suites for Public Defenders and Prosecutor’s Office


  • 112-bed addition to inmate housing
  • New intake, transfer, and release center with holding and detox cells, book-in stations, medical exam, and interview rooms, and vehicle sallyport
  • Renovation of existing intake for a special observation unit
  • Video visitation
  • Enclosed and secure pedestrian link to 14A District Court holding areas
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