Diversion Center


Georgia Department of Corrections     

Savannah, Georgia


The facility operates as a residence and training center for 52 first-time civil offenders. Located on a site at zero mean sea level, subject to flooding and within the 100-year flood plain, the Diversion Center solves a number of design challenges. The main floor is elevated 14 feet above ground to meet flood requirements, while 285 wooden piles support the structure and leave the entire ground area open. Because the facility faces a major public roadway, the design incorporates a “non-institutional” look, yet provides the required security control. The structure is also accessible to disabled persons.