Iowa County Law Enforcement Center

This civic structure provides space for the sheriff's office, the civil division, booking, work-release functions, and the 40-bed Iowa County Jail.

Located in Marengo, the facility fits comfortably into both its immediate surroundings and the greater community. A fully integrated video, intercom, and control system ensures a high level of safety in operation for both inmates and staff.

Sustainable Elements

Expand/Collapse sectionElements
The horizontal geothermal HVAC system is one of the first of its kind for a jail in Iowa.
Expand/Collapse sectionSite
  • Proximity to existing services: within .25 miles of select community facilities.
  • Proximity to existing development: min 25% of perimeter bordering existing development.
  • Walkable neighborhoods: building entrances open directly into public sidewalks.
  • Public Transport: within .5 mile of public transit services.
  • Reduce Heat island effect: light colored concrete (SRI above 29).
Expand/Collapse sectionWater Efficiency
  • No irrigation: Use no potable water for site irrigation.
  • Water-conserving appliances and fixtures.
Expand/Collapse sectionEnergy and Atmosphere
  • Use of geo-thermal heating and cooling.
  • Use of cost-effective directional-bore horizontal loop field.
  • Installation of loop field sized to accommodate conversion of adjacent 1892 courthouse to geo-thermal heating and cooling; conversion of courthouse completed July, 2008.
Expand/Collapse sectionMaterial and Resources
  • Specification of building materials with high recycled content.
  • Specification of building materials offering reclamation / recycle programs.
  • Upgraded thermal envelope.
  • Regional materials: provide 10% of building materials (by cost) that are regional, proceeded or mined within 500 mile radius.
  • Durable and low maintenance exteriors: precast concrete wall panel.
Expand/Collapse sectionIndoor Environmental Quality
  • Enhanced indoor air quality – use of low VOC materials.
  • Enhanced indoor air quality – ultraviolet lights at cooling coils to stop mold.
  • Enhanced indoor air quality – carbon dioxide sensors to control outside air distribution.
  • Superior acoustic performance through low noise air distribution systems.
  • Superior acoustic performance through use of high-mass exterior wall system.
  • Clothes Dryer: exhaust clothes dryer to the exterior.
  • Provide automatic closures and air seals at connecting doors between garage and occupied space.
Expand/Collapse sectionUniversal Design
  • Interior doors provide a min. of 32 in. clear width.
  • Accessible pathway through all interior spaces provided.
  • No step entrance at all units per the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Strobe and Horn smoke and CO detectors for visually or hearing impaired.