Former Phoenix Jail No Longer Looking Like a Jail

The Madison Street Jail sat vacant for 10 years prior to demo starting last Fall.

The Madison Street Jail in Phoenix sat vacant for 10 years prior to the beginning of demolition last fall (see demolition photos at the bottom of the page). After renovation, the space will be home to the Maricopa County’s attorney’s office.

Rendering of Madison Street Jail after conversion to county attorney's office

Rendering of Madison Street Jail after conversion to county attorney's office.

PHOENIX, Arizona – One year ago, Layton started demolition of the former Madison Street Jail – one of the largest demo jobs ever in the Phoenix area. The demo wrapped up in July and then the build back of the renovation began. Once completed, the former jail will be known as 225 Madison and will be home to the Maricopa County’s attorney’s office. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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Crews have been busy working on the sixth floor. Some of the work being done on the sixth floor includes the installation of horizontal windows, fire sprinkler system, overhead rough-in, installation of sheetrock and the installation of underfloor ductwork and electrical to accommodate a raised access floor. Installation of the curtain wall on the sixth floor is also underway.

Many of the floors needed to be strengthened with more steel and carbon fiber wrap in order to accommodate the renovation of the building as well as additional space, which is being added to the north and south sides of the third floor. An outdoor garden is being added to the fifth floor, which also required the addition of structural steel, which had to be added from underneath the fourth floor.

Additionally, crews removed the existing elevators and will be adding five new elevators. Four elevators will face each other in a new improved and welcoming vestibule.

Crews have also started pouring concrete piers that will be the foundation for a new bridge, which will connect 225 Madison with the adjacent courthouse tower to the south.

“This is one of the more complicated and challenging projects we have ever done in the valley,” says Bob Hendrickson, Layton senior superintendent on the Madison Adaptive Reuse project. “We like challenges like this. It gives our team an opportunity to shine as we take what was a very unattractive jail and turn it into a noteworthy office building, which will be a focal point of the government district in downtown Phoenix.”

Demolition of Madison Street Jail

Demolition of Madison Street Jail

Demolition of Madison Street Jail

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