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.
To 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.”