Litchfield County Courthouse to Consolidate Court Operations

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the new 183,600-square-foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington is currently underway. Farmington, Conn.-based KBE Building Corporation, the company overseeing the $67.8 million project, began erecting structural steel for the new building in May. The facility is scheduled for completion in next summer.

Lucas County Resumes New Jail Planning

Lucas County commissioners approved a contract with a consultant to resume preliminary work on the project almost four months after putting construction of the Toledo jail on hold. The commissioners unanimously approved in late February to enter into a contract with a consultants’ group to prepare requests for the bidding process to contract for construction management, architectural and engineering services.

Plans Underway for Whatcom County Jail

The existing Whatcom County jail in Washington requires additional capacity and improved infrastructure in order to safely incarcerate inmates. As such, the county is actively planning the construction of a new 520-bed jail along with an adjacent sheriff’s headquarters in Ferndale.

Kings County Courthouse Scheduled for Late 2015 Completion

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the new 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse in Hanford is well underway, with a current expected completion date of late 2015. The design of the $86 million facility will address security and overcrowding issues that the county has faced for years. It is also designed to achieve LEED Silver, making it an energy-efficient investment for the state and county.

Correctional Design Experts Discuss Industry Changes

As January begins another year, Correctional News spoke with four architects who weighed in on the latest trends and challenges in correctional design.

Construction Begins on Kings County Jail Addition

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.

Courthouse Debuts as Calaveras County’s Flagship Building

By Jessie Fetterling
The new, two-story Calaveras County Courthouse opened to the public in San Andreas on Nov. 25. The new courthouse contributes to the California Judicial Council’s goal to improve the court system statewide.

Q&A: Design Roundtable

By Jessie Fetterling
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.

Justice Superheroes Endure the Test of Time

By Ahavah Revis
Correctional News sat down Justice League style for a dialogue with some of the leading female justice designers in the country — and just like how female superheroes surfaced from the colored panels of DC and Marvel — these women are emerging on the correctional and civic structure landscape.

DLR Group Holds Justice Forum

By Lisa Kopochinski
Twice annually, DLR Group — a national architectural, engineering and planning firm that works in a variety of sectors including hospitality, retail, mixed use, education, sports, health care, civic and detention — holds forums with its regional sector leaders for business planning and the exchanging of ideas.