Construction Begins on Kings County Jail Addition

HANFORD, Calif. — Construction on the Kings County jail addition in Hanford began on July 28. The 252-bed project is yet another California project being constructed to help relieve overcrowding as a result of prison realignment.

It is the first jail to break ground under Phase II of AB 900 in which lower-level felons have begun serving time in jails as opposed to California prisons. The Kings County jail population has more than doubled since realignment. It now has about 600 inmates, compared to the 280 inmates it housed on average just three years ago.

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Q&A: Design Roundtable

Correctional News interviewed leading architects about the current trends and future challenges of the correctional building industry. Gerald Guerrero, AIA, senior vice president for CGL; Mike Retford, vice president, west regional leader of justice for HOK; and Darrell Stelling, AIA, principal for DLR Group each shared valuable industry knowledge from the design perspective. Here are some of the questions they answered that didn’t make the design roundtable article being published in the January/February issue. Stay tuned for the full feature in January.

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Background Check: DLR Group’s Bill Buursma

Vital Statistics
Name: William Buursma
Field: Architecture
Title: Justice+Civic Principal / Architect, AIA, LEED AP
Agency: DLR Group of Seattle
Education: Undergraduate degree, University of Michigan; Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Time Served: more than 40 years as an architect, 20 in
Currently Reading: “Any historical fiction that has to do with sailing in the 18t

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David Boehm

Architectural, engineering and planning firm DLR Group has appointed David Boehm, AIA, LEED AP, as a Senior Principal.

“This is a well deserved honor for David,” says DLR Group Managing Principal Jon Pettit. “He sets the strategic direction for our Justice+Civic sector, leads integrated design teams across DLR Group offices, and forges lasting relationships with clients.”

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