The Lafayette Parish Public Safety Complex designed by GraceHebert was featured as the Spotlight facility in the July/August 2014 publication of Correctional News magazine.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Public Safety Complex is a 29-acre development that features a 300-person work release center, a 60,000 industries, warehouse and intake building, A 200-person outside worker dorm, and a video visitation/training building. Although not LEED certified, the facility is designed utilizing sustainable design principles.
August 1, 2014
The Lafayette Parish transitional worker program at the Lafayette Public Safety Complex in Louisiana was an almost immediate success. The program started with less than a dozen inmates in the summer of 2004, and by the following year, local businesses were employing approximately 150 inmates transitioning out of incarceration. The program helps inmates develop critical job and life skills, but its success also highlighted the parish’s infrastructure challenges, said Capt. Colby Barbier of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We had about 1,400 offenders total and had nowhere to grow,” Barbier said. “We were landlocked everywhere else and needed something that would last us 50 to 100 years into the future. Basically, we looked at our operations department wide and did a consolidation to maximize our efficiency.”
The result was the new 29-acre, 155,000-square-foot Lafayette Public Safety Complex designed specifically for the parish’s transitional inmates. The $24 million, minimum-security facility allowed the department to streamline services, increase safety, decrease resource consumption and plan for future growth, all while providing inmates with opportunities to transition safely back into the community.
Lafayette officials selected GraceHebert Architects (formerly Grace & Hebert Architects) of Baton Rouge, La., to plan the ambitious five-building complex. The 40-person firm has a specialization in correctional design, having completed justice numerous projects for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and was awarded the contract based on their solid overall proposal and collaborative spirit.
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