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Echelon Teams with Georgia Architect to Create a Modern Look for Sheriff’s Department Headquarters

During the summer of 2016, Hall County Sheriff’s Department relocated its existing headquarters from downtown Gainesville—the site of the old county jail—to a 33-acre Government Center campus on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Georgia. The new, three-story architectural block building is 50,000 square feet and provides the county with an expanded space ample for growth in the near future.

The architectural team of Hussey Gay Bell set out to create a look that would complement the modern, contemporary style of the existing buildings on-site, while also designing within the county’s budget.

“Echelon really helped by coming to the table with some very quality , but economical block options,” stated Doug Straughan, Hussey Gay Bell Principal.. “Our rep, Anne, worked with our clients at the county presenting samples and providing options. Her flexibility and creativity allowed us to produce a high-profile, terrazzo-type look at a block-type price. Ann went so far as to assist us in selecting grout colors that matched with the brick and the split face, and worked closely with the contractor.”

The final building features a unique, curved wall design in the front along with accent walls on the corners highlighted by two-story glass windows. Black and gray Adams Architectural Polished Face block combines with the Architectural Colored Split Face to provide both a polished look and a rough-hewn style enhancing the building’s modern design.

After partnering with the architect to select materials, Echelon rep, Anne Olausson, worked alongside the contractors, Charles Black Construction, through the end of the project. “I followed through on my commitment to help  educate the masons on how to care for the product and how to clean it,” she said. “This was a very high-profile and important job for Hall County and I wanted to do everything possible to ensure Echelon was there to help see it through. The result is beautiful and we were proud to be a part of the project. As Straughan puts it, “This kind of building is not something you see very often in North Georgia; it’s quite an achievement.” 


Project Description: Hall County Sheriff’s New Headquarters

Location: 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia


  • Exterior – Adams Architectural Polished Face Block (7,000 pcs.) & GMS Architectural Colored Split Face Block (8,500 pcs.) & Cherokee Brick
  • Interior –  Small amounts NW CMU & Sheetrock

General Contractor: Charles Black Construction

Installer: Quality Brick Works


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