Madison Street Jail Adaptive ReusePhoenix, AZ
Design Achievement – 225 W. Madison, formerly known as the Madison Street Jail constructed in 1985, is a unique design opportunity to resurrect a decommissioned jail facility that has been vacant for 10 years and re-purpose through adaptive re-use as a Class A office building. DLR Group's design reconnects the building to the urban context and in the process enhances the urban street and pedestrian environment. Vacated initially due to overcrowding and infrastructure failure, Maricopa County, the facility owner, considered renovating the building for detention use, which was not feasible, or demolishing the 30-year-old structure at a cost of almost $10 million of taxpayer money. Ultimately, the decision was to use highest form of true sustainability by re-purposing the existing facility. The economic driver was the benefit of consolidating leased office space into this county owned facility adjacent to the Maricopa County Courts Complex.
Scope Summary – The design of the 278,775 SF building transforms a secure, closed and fortified structure designed to separate individuals from society and completely reinvents it as an open, welcoming work space with daylight and views. The demand for transparency in the building had to be accomplished without compromising the structural integrity of the original cast-in-place concrete structure which also serves as the exterior skin. Creating energy efficient office space with inherent special qualities found in the 225 W. Madison structure would be cost prohibitive to recreate in a new commercial office building. Converting this building to a new use is similar to converting an old warehouse; the intrinsic qualities of the facility such as high floor-to-floor height and secured exterior recreation spaces with potential to become roof top gardens offer unprecedented amenities that must be celebrated. Re-purposing 225 W. Madison is not only feasible but will enhance the civic fabric of Phoenix with an active and vibrant office facility for county employees refreshing a lifeless, and vacant segment of the Phoenix urban core. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, structural engineering, MEP engineering, interiors and construction administration services.