location
West Virginia
(Various Locations)
completion
1993-Present
awards
2005 AIA Merit Award, West Virginia Chapter: Achievement in Architecture for Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center

ZMM Architects & Engineers, in conjunction with CRA, worked with the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority to design a prototype detention facility with the flexibility to meet the long-range needs of 10 geographical regions in the State of West Virginia.

The prototype building was designed as a 200-bed, 300-bed, and 400-bed facility, with the ability to add a 100-bed housing pod to each. All services required by the building were designed to accommodate the maximum population.

Unique to the design of the prototype jails was the ability of the staff to fully monitor all inmate movement within the corridor system of the building from a single, central control location. The following systems were designed and installed: integrated security and PA system, closed-circuit television, fire alarm system, door access control integrated with security system, cable television, and perimeter security system.

The completed facilities include:

  • Southwestern Regional Jail
  • Central Regional Jail
  • South Central Regional Jail
  • Southern Regional Jail
  • Northern Regional Jail
  • North Central Regional Jail
  • Western Regional Jail
  • Eastern Regional Jail
  • Potomac Highlands Regional Jail
  • Tygart Valley Regional Jail

Over the last several years, ZMM has been assisting the WV Regional Jail Authority with various maintenance projects, including roofing and HVAC replacement.

In addition to ZMM’s work on the regional jails, the firm has been involved with the design of many of the Juvenile Centers throughout the state. The projects include:

Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center

Located in Mount Hope, Fayette County, the Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center proved that the prototype concept can be flexible enough to accommodate a dramatic variation in programming. The building is constructed of load-bearing masonry walls with brick and natural-stone veneer. Lighting was carefully designed to supplement natural sunlight and ensure comfortable lighting levels. Staff-secured programming required even greater levels of observation, communication, and control. Sleeping quarters resemble a more institutional feel, educating the youth to look at their future and to stay away from delinquency and crime. This facility won a Merit Award for Achievement in Architecture from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center

This 23-bed, co-ed, staff-secure juvenile detention center is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The original juvenile center was enlarged and completely renovated by ZMM to provide a secure facility with additional capacity and services to meet the growing needs of the area. The original juvenile facility was quadrupled in size, while leaving the original façade intact on two sides, with the new addition wrapping around the remaining two sides.

ZMM provided multiple class rooms, as well as recreation and common areas for educational, behavioral, training, counseling, and life-skills activities in the enlarged facility. These activities are able to be observed and monitored by staff from a central control area. The construction of the new addition and renovation of the existing juvenile center was phased to provide minimal interruptions of the operation of the original facility.

Other juvenile centers designed by ZMM Architects and Engineers include:

  • Robert L. Shell Juvenile Center
  • J. M. “Chick” Buckbee Juvenile Center
  • James H. “Tiger” Morton Juvenile Center

ZMM has also recently assisted with upgrades to the Lorrie Yeager Jr. Juvenile Center and the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center.

location
West Virginia
(Various Locations)
completion
1993-Present
awards
2005 AIA Merit Award, West Virginia Chapter: Achievement in Architecture for Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center