The New Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Expansion Opens to Meet the County’s Growing Needs
Atlanta, GA – April 16, 2021 – Cherokee County is one of the fastest growing counties not only in Georgia, but in the nation. Ajax Building Company, LLC, Studio 8 Design Architecture, and Croft & Associates were selected to design and build an expansion for their Adult Detention Center.
The 225,000 SF Cherokee County Adult Detention Center facilities were completed in 2002, but an expansion was required to keep up with the County’s growing needs. This project provided an additional 110,915 SF as well as renovations.
The expansion became a 583-bed housing tower consisting of precast concrete modular cells with structural precast walls and floors, load bearing CMU, and elevated cast-in-place concrete with 21 dayrooms specially designed for indirect supervision from elevated control towers and 3 exercise yards. Also, the access roadway around the new and existing facilities was extended. Renovations also took place in the kitchen, staff dining area, laundry, visitation area, lobby and the master control.
In the existing kitchen and staff dining area, the equipment was serviced and new equipment added, essentially doubling what existed previously. Epoxy flooring was installed throughout the kitchen, new finishes including paint and an acoustical ceiling, new electrical outlets to service the added food service equipment, new lighting, new HVAC system including a secondary exhaust hood complete with ANSUL fire suppression, and new flooring, paint, ceiling and light fixtures in the Staff Dining Area. Two new washers and two new dryers were added to the existing laundry facilities.
There was a complete replacement of the previous security system and upgraded the video visitation system by replacing analog cameras with HD digital cameras. Along with said upgrade of their system, Ajax remodeled and completed an addition at the existing visitation area. This addition added bathrooms and a front desk area to the space, enclosed an existing elevator shaft and some existing windows and added an additional exit walkway. A complete renovation of the space took place including flooring, paint, ceilings, light fixtures, etc.
About Our Company: Ajax Building Company, LLC founded in 1958, is an employee owned and third generation family operated construction management firm. During the past 63 years, Ajax has steadily grown to become one of the Southeast’s premier contractors. As a part of the STO Building Group family, Ajax’s project experience now extends throughout the United States, into Canada and the UK, and Ireland. Regardless of the complexity or size of a project, Ajax brings innovative solutions to construction challenges and always strives to exceed their client’s expectations. Ajax prides itself on delivering projects that are on time, within budget and possess the highest level of safety, customer service and quality. Ajax is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.