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Goldberg Group Architects’ recently completed Muskegon County Adult Detention Center gained some high recognition last month. Correctional News named the 622-bed facility its “Facility of the Month.” Muskegon’s new detention center was GGA’s largest project to date and provided the county with a viable solution to its overcrowding problems with an efficient and economical floor plan. GGA partnered with GMB in Holland, MI and Granger Construction out of Lansing, MI, who was the CM.
By: Brian McCauley | Miami County Republic
Construction bids are in for the underground tunnel that will connect the new Miami County Detention Center with the existing Miami County Courthouse across Pearl Street.
Officials from Ottawa-based Loyd Builders discussed the numbers with Miami County commissioners during their Nov. 18 study session.
The total cost of the tunnel will be $693,560, with the biggest price tags being $260,510 for excavation, backfill and demolition, along with $160,822 for the tunnel box culvert.
The remaining costs are associated with survey work, waterproofing, concrete masonry coating, tunnel site concrete work, tunnel drain pipes, fiber optics, asphalt patching, seeding and more.
Commissioners also reviewed individual subcontractor bids for tunnel and site utility work totaling $564,539. Skillman will handle the tunnel excavation, demolition and backfill work for $255,510; WCI Inc. will complete the tunnel concrete work for $160,822; Epic will handle the site concrete work for $77,800; Pfefferkorn & Drury will do the waterproofing system for $33,200; Skillman will do the plumbing and water line relocation in tandem with the excavation work for $18,960; Little Joe’s will handle the asphalt patching for $8,547; and Pfefferkorn & Drury will handle the concrete masonry coatings for $10,900.
Loyd officials said the best-case time scenario for the tunnel work is two to two-and-a-half months, and the goal is to get started next March.
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Have you ever wondered how the whole process of being booked into one of Goldberg Group Architects’ jails works? A reporter recently got a glimpse into that when he became “locked up” inside the newly completed Muskegon County Adult Detention Center. Follow the link below to read about Stephen Kloosterman’s short stay in GGA’s newest facility.
Officials allowed citizens to get a first-hand glimpse of GGA’s newly constructed, 600-bed Muskegon County, MI Detention Center this month. The public was allowed to take a tour of the facility and see what the new, state-of-the-art facility was like in-person.
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By Heather Lynn Peters
MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon County citizens came out in droves on Aug. 22, a beautiful sunny Saturday, to visit a place no one wants to end up, but so many are curious to see: The newly constructed Muskegon County Jail.
The new facility, which is just under 100,000 square feet, is considered a real feather in the cap of Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.
Roesler, along with past county officials — including former sheriffs, George Jurkas and Bob Carter – fought for years to see a bigger, better facility be built in Muskegon due to a consistent inmate overcrowding problem.
The past years that county officials have spent planning and configuring the new facility have taken its toll, Roesler said, but the end result was worth all the “sleepless nights.”
“We are certainly happy with the outcome of the new jail,” Roesler said, adding that it was nice to see so many citizens come out for the public open house that ran from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“It’s been a great turnout so far. It’s been steady all morning. It’s good to see the interest and we’ve had a lot of good questions,” he said.
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By: Stephen Kloosterman
MUSKEGON, MI – How do you move hundreds of prisoners into a new jail?
Answer: Very carefully.
It’s no joke for Muskegon County officials, who are planning the details of a complex transition from the county’s old 370-bed facility to a modern facility with 544 beds — both side-by-side in downtown Muskegon.
Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said he hopes to start moving jail inmates to the new facility in by mid- to late-August…..
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
There are several issues driving the push to build a new jail in Bourbon County.
On Wednesday, Larry Goldberg, president of Goldberg Group Architects PC of St. Joseph, Mo., talked about those issues prior to the final public forum to discuss the $6.8 million proposed bond issue.
During public tours of the existing Southeast Kansas Regional Correction Center, built in 1977, sheriff and jail staff have pointed to areas of deterioration — rusting showers, crumbling concrete, and non-functioning door locking mechanisms. Pointing out the jail’s condition has led some in the community to ask why they should support a new jail project if the county hasn’t taken better care of what it has.
“A jail wears at about four to five times a normal building,” Goldberg said. “Doors get opened and closed hundreds of times a day. Equipment is attacked or vandalized. Surfaces get urinated on. I’m not mincing words.”
“One question is why is a jail different than any other building?” Goldberg said. “Of course the answer is because buildings like jails or prisons have a user group, or occupancy group that’s extremely hostile, unlike people in an office building.”
He said the real answer is because most of the walls in a jail are concrete and all the systems are encased in those walls.
“You can’t have them accessible to the occupants or detainees because they will do damage to them,” Goldberg said.
To protect the utility structure from being abused by the jail population, items such as plumbing, electrical and water lines were encased in the concrete. As those systems age, the concrete makes it difficult and expensive to make repairs.
The building structure is also why it is not feasible to upgrade the existing facility. Goldberg said when a person wants to redesign an office building, the drywall and studs can be easily torn out and rebuilt. Tearing out and building new concrete walls in the existing jail would be difficult and expensive, Goldberg said.
He said the idea of renovating the existing jail was explored. When the jail was built in 1977, the idea was that it could be added onto vertically, Goldberg said. But because of newer codes, the result would mean the need for additional staff.
“If somehow Bourbon County’s jail had been beautifully maintained, you wouldn’t have some of the problems of the leaks, the plumbing difficulties, and the electrical difficulties,” Goldberg said. “But a large reason this needs to be addressed is that buildings like these that fall under a certain infrastructure, that fall under specific codes and standards which change and are updated, a jail like this becomes so inadequate and becomes so outworn that no amount of renovation can make it sufficiently modern.”
Source: Fort Scott Tribune
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Jails and prisons are a unique building type. They differ from other buildings primarily because the occupants do not want to be there, and some will use any means at their disposal to escape, or at least damage the facility. For this reason, construction materials, equipment and furnishings used in a detention facility must withstand intentional abuse and vandalism on a scale that most other structures will never experience. As steel cells replaced masonry cells, in our detention facility designs, the coatings used on the cells came under scrutiny at Goldberg Group Architects. Cell coatings not only determine how resistant a cell is to vandalism and abuse, but are critical considerations to long term maintenance. Will the cell rust or support the growth of mold?
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