Maine Department of Corrections Issues RFQ for $149 Million Project

Maine’s Department of Corrections (DOC) wishes to procure architectural/engineering services from a firm experienced in the design of secure correctional facilities.

Becker County Eyes 2017 Start for Jail Construction

Becker County has its sights set on a new $16 million to $18 million jail in Detroit Lakes. The decision to build a new jail comes after the county was ordered by the state to either close or replace its maximum-security jail by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Kalamazoo County Consolidates Family Court Functions

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo consolidates all family court functions for Kalamazoo County and outside agencies into one facility. The three-story, 81,200-square-foot facility improves operational efficiencies and security, while uniting juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.

Berrien County Jail Renovation to Add 30 Years to Lifecycle

Initial plans to renovate the 66-year-old Berrien County jail in St. Joseph estimate that the project could cost as much as $7.2 million, which would still be less expensive than building a new jail.

Ohio Prison to Invest in Energy Efficiency, Conservation

The Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) received $8 million in financing on Sept. 22 for the installation of new energy-efficiency and conservation systems.

FCI Danbury to Accept Female Inmates Again

Female inmates transferred from Danbury’s Federal Correctional Institute will soon return home after three years of uncertainty and delays in construction on a low-security facility for women at the site.

Unfinished Work, Delays Cited in Orleans Parish Jail Suit

Citing unfinished work, missed deadlines and failure to provide reimbursements for construction on the city’s new approximately $150 million Orleans Justice Center complex, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is now suing two construction firms for breach of contract.

Alabama Correctional Officers Fail to Report to Work Amid Prison Strike

A new development in the four-week nationwide prison strike by inmates in the U.S. federal and state prison systems unfolded last week after a number of correctional officers failed to report to work at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore on Sept. 24.

Chesapeake Correctional Center to Add Minimum-Security Building

Construction broke ground last month on an expansion to the Chesapeake Correctional Center. Located adjacent to the existing facility in Chesapeake, the 47,282-square-foot building will house 192 inmates and offer space for community programs. It was designed by Moseley Architects, with office locations throughout Virginia.

Performance Contract to Save FCC Butner Millions in Water, Energy Costs

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco of Framingham, Mass., to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Butner. The contract, valued at $53.1 million, is designed to reduce energy intensity throughout the 776-acre prison complex, which includes a federal medical center and several other correctional facilities.