Douglas County commissioners got a look Monday at what their new 196-bed jail will look like when it opens in late 1998 or early 1999.
Dan Rowe, project manager for Michael Treanor Architects, distributed copies of a color architectural rendering, showing the facility that will be built east of Lawrence, off Kansas Highway 10. The jail will be located south of the LRM Industries asphalt plant on the southeast corner of the junction of N. 1360 and E. 1650 roads.
The building, which will face northwest, will have a curved facade and will include about 97,000 square feet of finished space.
``It's just slightly bigger than the building across the way,'' Rowe said, referring to the 90,000-square-foot Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.
The current jail occupies part of that building's third floor.
Rowe told commissioners that although the project is now operating with a two-year construction timetable, engineers hope to shave several months off that schedule.
``They envision that can be reduced to 18 months of construction,'' he said.
Ground breaking on the facility, which is estimated to cost $16,713,565, including the price of land, site improvements and design fees, will occur after bids are opened in December, he said.