5 Projects to Watch in 2016

This year, there are several major justice facility construction projects underway. Correctional News has selected five projects to follow and will provide readers with status updates throughout the year as these projects celebrate groundbreakings, topping-off ceremonies and final completion. Read on to learn more about the projects and what to expect from them in 2016.

Project Name: East County Detention Center
Location: Indio, Calif.
Cost: $275 million
Start Date: May 2015
Estimated Completion Date: 2018
Mission: Add more than 1,200 beds to an existing 353-bed jail.
Project Team: Clark Construction (General Contractor); HOK (Architect); Dewberry (Associate Architect); Vanir Construction Management (Construction Manager)
• The expansion will greatly help to ease overcrowding in the county’s five jails
• Jail will feature classroom space and rehabilitative programs

Project Name: Kern County Justice Facility
Location: Bakersfield, Calif.
Cost: $91 million
Start Date: May 2015
Estimated Completion Date: Mid-2017
Mission: Create a new 822-bed detention facility to house some of the county’s most challenging inmates, while offering space for new programs to help rehabilitate inmates and reduce recidivism.
Project Team: Balfour Beatty (General Contractor); HOK (Project Architect); Kitchell (Construction Manager); Southland Industries (MEP); CML Security (SEC)
• The 218,000-square-foot facility will contain a 104-bed maximum-security unit that will provide specialized housing for inmates with mental health issues
• Four housing control rooms, attorney visiting booths, video visitation areas, various administrative and support offices, and areas for treatment, recreation and educational/vocational programs will round out the facility’s interior

Project Name: Skagit County Jail
Location: Mount Vernon, Wash.
Cost: $41.7 million
Start Date: November 2015
Estimated Completion Date: Mid-2017
Mission: Create a new 400-bed facility and update the facility to provide better supervision and security
Project Team: DLR Group (Project Architect); Lydig Construction (General Contractor); CML Security (DEC)
• A 107,800-square-foot facility with 400 beds, medical and dental care facilities, and a courtroom as well as extra room to expand to 800 beds in the future
• Housing pods that include dormitory space and a very functional central control and admin areas

Project Name: Broward County Courthouse
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Cost: $245 million
Start Date: August 2012
Estimated Completion Date:
Summer 2016
Mission: Create a new 20-story courthouse with more than 70 courtrooms in a campus that also features a county office building, two other courthouse buildings, an energy center and parking garage
Project Team: Cummings Construction Inc. (General Contractor); AECOM/Heery International/Cartaya Joint Venture (Project Architect)
• Projected to at least meet LEED Silver, the 714,000-square-foot facility will feature 105,000 square feet of glass walls.
• To make the building accessible to the public, more frequented courts will be found on the building’s lower levels, while courts that have longer trials or longer durations are positioned on the higher floors.

Project Name: Utah State Prison
Location: Salt Lake City
Cost: $550 million
Start Date: Tentatively March 2017
Estimated Completion Date: Tentatively July 2020
Mission: Create a new prison facility to house 4,000 inmates and replace the outdated prison in Draper, Utah
Project Team: Big D and Kitchell Joint Venture (Project Manager and Technical Consultant)
* As of press time, this project is currently in the process of awarding bids.
• Will meet the current and future needs of the agency in terms of capacity and inmate populations served
• Will have the design and space necessary to promote the state’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Initiative

and facilitate successful inmate rehabilitation