Monroe County Public Safety Building

New reception counter

New reception counter

Second floor gallery with glass balustrade

Second floor gallery with glass balustrade


Upgraded finishes and improved lighting

Upgraded finishes and improved lighting

Sheriff's reception area features a 1950's era display

Sheriff’s reception area features a 1950’s era display


DeWolff Partnership Architects is currently finishing a four phase renovation of the Monroe County Public Safety Building.  The structure was built in 1961 as part of the Civic Center complex. This six story building is the new home for the Monroe County Sheriffs offices and is directly connected to the Monroe County Jail facility.

The updated design enhances the rich marble, limestone, and bronze materials of the existing building.  The plaza facade, incorporating new entries to the City of Rochester Courts, the Sheriff’s Headquarters, and the Probation Department and complements the character of adjacent Civic Center Buildings and invigorate the concrete and masonry clad exterior.

The initial work for each project included a demolition/abatement phase that essentially removed all existing interior components exposing the unfinished structure. The areas were then fully renovated to accommodate the program requirements. The building systems were removed and replaced during this phased process. Floors four through six and the lobby were completely renovated. A new mezzanine level was created for additional program space and connected to the existing elevator via an elevated walk. A physical fitness area and locker rooms were added at the lower levels of the building.

During this process The Monroe County Crime Lab occupied the fifth floor of the building  until relocated to a new state of the art facility – The renovation of the fifth floor is the fourth and final phase of work.

Project scope:

Phase I Renovations – Design & Construction – $3 million / 16,165 SF

Phase II Renovations – Design & Construction – $4.5 million / 32,482 SF

Phase III Renovations – Design & Construction – $7.5 million / 28,605 SF

Phase IV Renovations – Design & Construction – $3.3 million /19,100 SF

Phases three and four, which included the renovation of the fifth and sixth floors are LEED certified for Commercial Interiors.

DeWolff Architects Rochester New York: Designers for Law Enforcement,
Justice and Forensics.