The administration offices for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department sits on a 26.5-acre site and consists of a two-story administration building, evidence storage facility, training / crime scene building, K-9 training area, vehicle service area, surface parking, and sitework. The new complex consolidates a number of departments including forensics, criminal investigations, patrol division, special operations, and human resources and features a fitness center, briefing rooms, and shell space for future expansion within the facility.
At the beginning of the project, Heery Design, working with the County, established a task force consisting of the Osceola County Facilities Department, the users of the facility and the Construction Manager. The first task for the team was to establish a needs assessment report which was used to generate the current building program.
The primary goal in the development of the interior spaces for the new Osceola County Sheriff's Administration Complex was to provide aesthetic, cost effective and efficient interiors consistent with the architectural concept for the building. The interior design approach introduced an atmosphere appropriate to this type of facility. The interior materials and colors were selected to create a flexible color palette, which compliments and enhances the exterior building finishes, providing continuity to the project.
In the primary public area, materials were selected for their permanence and maintainability and all be detailed to delineate a hierarchy of space. The areas conveyed the appropriate image for the Sheriff's Office Administration Complex in both the spatial forms and through the use of finish materials, while providing a sense of welcome to the public.
All general office spaces were designed to be highly durable, utilizing low maintenance materials and detailed to reflect the overall theme of the building. The theme enhanced the movement of people within the space and contributed to an overall ambiance of an inspired, highly productive work environment.
Justice Facilities Review; AIA National Award of Merit