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The McKenzie County Combined Law Enforcement Center addresses the need for more prisoner cells and consolidates the many county and state agencies that serve the growing population of the region. The building will house both long and short term prisoners with a capacity of 129 beds.

The new building will serve several county and state agencies including, the departments of McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Watford City Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Narcotics Task Force, North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, North Dakota Highway Patrol, United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and the McKenzie County State’s Attorney.

CGL conducted a needs assessment and feasibility study for the McKenzie County criminal justice system. The needs assessment identified court needs to include a high-volume criminal jury, a large capacity jury, and two general sessions courtrooms. The sheriff’s department, housed in the judicial center, did not meet current space needs. As the sheriff’s function continues to grow with criminal justice system and county population growth, it will demand new space.

Recommendations included developing a new jail with enough housing to meet short-term need with future phases focusing on long-term needs and proper program space. As part of a second contract, CGL provided space planning and blocking diagrams for the design.

Project Details

Watford City, ND
McKenzie County, ND
$47 Million
94,080 SF
Icon Architects