Kankakee, IL
  • $19.5 million complex.
  • 100,000 square feet.
  • 444 beds in two phases.

FDG was selected by Kankakee County to provide architecture, engineering and program management services for the county’s new $19.5 million jail complex.

FDG also completed a needs assessment and master plan for the project, including population projections, pre-design program, conceptual site plans, and preliminary cost estimate. The firm also developed a preliminary staffing plan and an estimate of anticipated operational costs.

Based on the recommendations of the needs assessment, Kankakee County selected FDG through a competitive process to design and construct the new jail facility. Located on a 20-acre site adjacent to the county airport, the new 100,000 SF Kankakee County Jail is a full-service jail, which confines both pre-trial and sentenced inmates. The facility was designed as a direct supervision, campus-style building containing single-level construction for most building components, except inmate housing which is two stories, including a mezzanine.

The initial phase, providing 300 beds, was completed in January 2005. Master planned with the capacity to add 800 beds, FDG also completed Phase II, which included 144 beds.

Kankakee, IL
  • 49,200 total square feet.
  • Compact two-story structure makes best use of tight site.
  • $5.5 million complex.

FDG prepared a preliminary design concept for a new 38,000 SF Sheriff’s Office and 11,200 SF Coroner’s Morgue and Sheriff’s Garage to be located adjacent to the new Kankakee County Jail, which FDG designed. Our design concept located the Sheriff’s/Coroner’s Building at the north end of the site adjacent highway, as the County Public Building Commission (PBC) desired that the building be the focal point of passersby and provide an appearance which looks more like a corporate office facility with attached warehouse than a Sheriff’s administration building and detention facility. The PBC also desired the use of limestone on the exterior – an indigenous material – and that the use of glass be maximized due to the openness of the site and the reflective opportunities that will be provided for passersby.

Given very tight site limitations, the floor plans efficiently organize and stack the required functions into a compact two-story scheme. The ground level contains a joint-use emergency operations center/training room, squad room, evidence storage, tactical unit, break room, physical conditioning center, and locker rooms. The upper level contains the Sheriff and Under Sheriff’s offices, records storage, civil process and support staff work stations, investigation squad, and Coroner and Assistant Coroner’s offices. The Coroner’s Morgue and Sheriff’s Garage is an adjacent one-story, stand-alone structure. Total project budget was $5.5 million.