Des Moines, IA

08   /   06   /   2018

The project is one of the final phases and biggest pieces of an $81 million court and justice center renovation approved by Polk County voters in 2013.

The county couldn’t implode the jail or use a wrecking ball because it plans to reuse the foundation for a new five-story criminal courts building. Everything will be demolished except the skeleton of the bottom two floors.

“It’s an amazing process,” said John Rowen, director of Polk County General Services. “The only thing that is going to remain is the steel and concrete floors.”

Made of glass and metal paneling, the new building will look nothing like the old brick jail. It was designed by Des Moines-based OPN Architects. Neumann Brothers is the general contractor and DW Zinser Co. is conducting the demolition.