LA County Restarts Jail Construction, Plans for Reentry Facility

On Aug. 11, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered staff to look into creating a $120 million Office of Diversion and Reentry and approved an amendment to restart construction of a 3,885-bed downtown Los Angeles jail as well as approved continued work on a new 1,604-bed women’s jail in Lancaster.

LA County Officials Delay Jail Plan

The Los Angeles County Jail Plan — a major effort to replace the Men’s Central Jail with the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Center and to renovate the Mira Loma Detention Facility — was delayed on June 9.

Long Beach Courthouse Named Best Public Project

The project team that designed the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Award for the 2014 Best Public Project earlier this year. The project team consisted of Los Angeles-headquartered AECOM as the architect-engineer of record; Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Clark Design/Build of California as the design-builder; and locally based Long Beach Judicial Partners (LBJP) as the developer.

Sundt Begins Second Phase of Pima County Court Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
Sundt Construction Inc. transitioned into the second phase of construction on the Pima County Downtown Court Complex in Tucson in August. The county offered Sundt another contract after the company was contracted for the core and shell phase of the 290,000-square-foot facility, which was wrapped up in October.

Broward County Courthouse to Open in 2015

A large-scale construction project is underway to create an efficient, flexible design with an ageless aesthetic appeal for longevity for the new Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. When completed in fall 2015, the new $213 million courthouse will boast 20 stories and more than 70 courtrooms in the 714,000-square-foot facility.

Local and National Firms Partner on New $300M Regional Jail

By Ahavah Revis
When Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was appointed in 2009, he and his executive team analyzed operations and determined the sheriff’s office could reap significant financial savings by consolidating its three existing jails.

Ahead of its Time: New High-Rise Criminal Court Designed to Safely Handle High-Volume Caseloads

By Ahavah Revis
Maricopa County, Ariz., is the fourth largest county in the nation — and its rising number of court cases is a testament to that. From 2000 to 2008, the number of criminal cases went from 26,000 to more than 41,000. More than 56,000 criminal cases are expected to be ongoing by 2016.

Patrick D. Propst

Patrick (Pat) D. Propst, PE has joined AECOM’s Engineering Department in Virginia Beach as its new mechanical engineer.

Lean Project Management

By Gregory J. Offner, CCM
Similar to the medical field bringing their best practices to the corrections industry, the manufacturing industry is offering Lean Process Methodology to the design and construction management services industry.

AECOM Acquires Tishman in $245 Million Deal

AECOM Technology completed the $245 million acquisition of construction management services firm Tishman Construction in a move designed to develop the group’s integrated-project delivery capabilities.