Graham County Jail600 West Graham Canal Road
Safford, AZ 85546
Design Achievement - The old Graham County Jail, originally built in 1930 as a National Guard maintenance shop, was adapted into a detention model that failed to meet current detention standards. These physical challenges were further compounded by growth of population that resulted in over-crowded conditions. DLR Group's design of the new jail improves operations as well as working and living conditions in dramatic ways. State of the art medical clinic and infirmary along with housing for inmates with mental health provides a more holistic method of addressing these needs and providing resources. Staff also benefits from this new design with creative solutions to decompress and de-stress in outdoor spaces, exercise room, break rooms and briefing rooms.
Scope Summary - The 50,000 SF detention facility consists of 248 beds arranged in a podular housing model which simplified construction and minimized the number of staff on post. The addition of educational space and recreation areas in each pod provided opportunity for inmates to return to society with more resources and skills than when they entered. The facility accommodates multiple classifications and separation of housing for male and female inmates. In addition to the housing, the facility co-located the Sheriff's offices to improve operational efficiency, minimize inmate movement, reducing operational costs. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, engineering and interior services.