Your View: High Point Jail maintained architectural integrity

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 09:07 PM

The family of the late William H. Hawley wants to address some of the comments made recently by Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes concerning the escaped prisoners from the High Point jail.
Our husband, father, and father-in-law spent countless months researching, analyzing, drafting, and redrafting this project. Bill made numerous trips around the state and country studying other facilities prior to designing the High Point jail. He knew and understood what jail standards were in the mid-eighties.
When the jail was opened in 1985 it was considered state of the art design and functionality. Bill incorporated many modern concepts for prisoner management and safety. This accounts for why it was so long before any escape occurred.
Bill Hawley was a licensed architect in Illinois and North Carolina, member of the American Institute of Architects, and partner with the well-respected local firm of William F. Freeman and Associates for over 30 years. His first employer was the internationally known Skidmore Owings and Merrill of Chicago. Bill was highly regarded as one who expected the best work and materials from the contractors and builders associated with his projects.
We remember a friend, who was a reputable contractor, telling us how Bill made him replace all the “widgets” throughout a project because they were not the high grade he had put in his plans. Bill would not allow the contractors to cut corners if his name was on the project.
There was no justification for Sheriff Barnes’ comment about “the substandard quality of materials.”  What distressed our family was the way he flippantly criticized “the architect” without regard to Bill Hawley’s excellent reputation, or without direct knowledge of the facts.
High Point
This letter is also signed by Faison Hawley, Liza Hawley and Ellen H. and Tom Foster.



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