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Tarrant County Jail

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Scroggins Photography

Downtown Forth Worth is now home to the most ironic building in Tarrant County. Tabbed as “the prettiest jail in Texas with the cruelest people in it,” the new, 207,700 -square-foot, five floor jail includes 444 maximum-security cells soon to house the county’s “worst of the worst” inmates, yet the building is beautiful – it looks nothing like the high-tech lockup it is.

Tarrant County JailTo design and develop art panels for the building, Coldspring worked with Bennet Benner Pettit and DMS Architectural Services on a design that could be fabricated, and then developed the tooling to accomplish it. “The graphic focuses of the art panels are the Texas Longhorn and the keys that outline each panel,” said Jason Frank, Project Manager, Architectural Division, Coldspring. “Once the architect developed the overall design of the panels, our CNC Technician developed programming, tooling and available finishes that could be used to create the design.”

The final design of the art panels used Sunset Beige granite. The project called for a variety of finishes to create a unique texture including Polished, Thermal, Rock Pitch, and Sanded. A total of 17,459 square feet of granite was used, equaling 4,511 pieces.


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