East County Detention Center
The East County Detention Center project is designed to produce a modern, efficient and secure correctional facility that will allow the Sheriff’s Department to manage better the jail population while improving safety in the local community. A total of 1,626 (1,273 new) jail beds will be built on the existing site to replace the existing outdated 353-bed jail facility. In addition, a separate 990-stall concrete parking structure is proposed adjacent to the new jail and support building.
LCI developed a landscape design blending both drought tolerant and low maintenance plant materials against a ground plane of decomposed granite, decorative gravel, and rock/boulders. The strong linear decorative bands of plants and decomposed granite break up the field and extend the architectural patterns of the building façade. The rock bands along both the sidewalk and center parking islands incorporate bioswales that channel and filter rainwater onsite. Additionally, the landscaped planters are heavily mulched to reduce weeds and evapotranspiration, and cool the soil. The pervious pavers at the parking stalls absorb surface runoff and reduce the heat island effect in the parking areas. Trees are an important aspect of the design — existing trees on site were retained wherever possible. Additional canopy trees were added to the parking and the visitors’ gathering areas to provide shade and reduce reflective heat.
- Client County of Riverside
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