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A LEED First Near Atlanta

Douglas County Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center
Douglasville, Georgia, USA

“It should serve as a national model for detention facilities.”

Stan Copeland
Chief Deputy, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

This new building outside Atlanta is one of the country’s most energy-efficient, secure jail complexes.

The center is one of the first LEED-certified county corrections facility in the Southeast. The design is expected to reduce the building’s annual energy costs by more than $200,000.

To cut power consumption while creating a safe, healthy environment, the design brings in lots of natural daylight. “Borrowed” light reaches the cells through glazing in the dayroom and outdoor recreation yards without requiring the typical slit cell windows.

Building on this urban site next to the existing courthouse saved the county money while making it more accessible. There are no fences, with all the maximum-security measures contained within the building, which resembles an upscale office building.

A four-story law enforcement building is attached to the detention center. This configuration combines with new technology to enhance staff efficiencies. Sheriff Phil Miller told the Times-Georgian that, despite the fact that the new facility is “four to five times bigger,” the county expects to operate the new jail with the same number of staff members.


LEED-NC Certified


498,000 sq. ft. / 46,300 sq. m.
1,448 beds


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture


Increase in energy efficiency over ASHRAE standards



19 November 2013
“Douglas County Jail Comes In Under Budget”
Douglas County Sentinel

23 September 2013
“Sheriff Accepts Green Award for New Facility”
Douglasville Patch