Builders Roundtable: The Value of Construction Managers

By Lindsey Coulter
(07/06/2016)
A construction manager (CM) can be a vital part of a successful project team. Their careful coordination and supervision of correctional and justice projects — both large and small — can help ensure a new or improved facility will meet its owners needs for years to come. Correctional News spoke with representatives of three leading construction management firms to better understand the value in working with a CM and how the professional landscape is changing.
 

Progress Continues on Skagit County Jail, a 2016 Project to Watch

By Lindsey Coulter
(04/20/2016)
Work on the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon began in November 2015, much to the relief of jail staff. The county had been in need of new correctional facilities for more than a decade and regularly was forced to accommodate more than twice the 83 inmates for which it was originally rated. Once complete, the jail will contain 400 beds throughout both housing pods and dormitories, medical and dental care facilities, and a courtroom. It will also be built with ample space to expand to 800 beds in the future.
 

Skagit County Breaks Ground on New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/24/2015)
In need of new facilities for more than a decade, Skagit County finally broke ground on a new jail in mid-November. The county outgrew the existing facility, which opened in 1984 with a capacity of 83 inmates and state funding for 73. The current population is about 2.5 times that, with a daily average of 188 inmates, according to the county website. It is a popular remote design, with housing pods clustered around one or more control rooms, where staff can operate the facility doors and observe inmat
 

Coyote Ridge Correctional Center Opens New Resource Activity Center


(08/06/2015)
Coyote Ridge Correctional Center’s new Resource Activity Center, which was originally designed by Integrus Architecture to be a chapel, recently opened after receiving a Certificate of Occupancy in April 2015.

Franklin County Upgrades Justice Center


(10/29/2014)
The Franklin County Justice Center in Pasco recently completed a 56,000-square-foot addition and major renovations to its existing space. Inmates were moved into the new wing in April, while the project team worked on the renovations, which were completed earlier this fall.

Adelanto Detention Center to Debut Over Budget

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/29/2014)
The grand opening of the Adelanto Detention Center expansion project is scheduled for Feb. 6 and will debut the additional 1,392 beds being added to the existing 706-bed Adelanto facility.

Spokane Courthouse Exceeds Energy Performance Goals


(12/18/2013)
Seattle-based McKinstry, a full-service design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm, announced the one-year performance metrics for Spokane’s retrofitted Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse project.

Reinforcing the Centrality of the Security Controls Function

By William Buursma, Architect and Principal, DLR Group
(11/23/2011)
Central control rooms in detention facilities are often removed from housing and operate exclusively through intercom and video media. The new South Correctional Entity (SCORE) — which serves seven communities with an 813-bed capacity — uses a radial 360° housing array with housing units arranged around a mezzanine-level central control room that allows for direct vision into the units.