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Another Successful Project by GGA

October 13, 2017 GGA in the News Comments Off on Another Successful Project by GGA


Several counties have experienced setbacks recently trying to build justice facilities after voters approved ballot issues.  These projects went on hold as bids came in significantly over-budget.  Dedication of the new Bourbon County KS Law Enforcement Center demonstrates that projects can move forward in this difficult construction market.  Bourbon County Officials worked closely with the design team at Goldberg Group Architects to adjust the scope and budget to move their project forward with expert construction management from Universal Construction.  

The state-of-the-art 21,000 square foot, 74-bed facility contains detention housing, Sheriff’s offices and support facilities such as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), canine runs and a shelled Housing Pod for (16) future beds.  Project costs total $8.8 million including all construction fees and furnishings.  There were $0.00 in Change Orders for the project–practically unheard of in today’s construction environment and on buildings of this complexity and size.  Plans include return of $21,000 in unused project funds to Bourbon County.

Muskegon County ADC Named Build Michigan Award Winner

March 1, 2016 Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Muskegon County ADC Named Build Michigan Award Winner


LANSING, MICH. (Feb. 29, 2016) – The awards keep coming in for Muskegon County, Michigan’s new Adult Detention Center.

At its annual meeting on Feb. 25, the Associated General Contractors of Michigan presented officials from Muskegon County and members of Granger Construction – the project’s Construction Manager – with this highly-distinguished award for 2015.

Each year the AGC of Michigan awards the Build Michigan Award which is its highest accolade. The honor was first established in 1995 and serves as a way of recognizing the excellence of an entire project team.

Goldberg Group Architects worked alongside Granger Construction (CM), GMB Architecture & Engineering (Engineers) and Muskegon County to achieve a design that was affordable as well as address the long-standing overcrowding issues. The resulting facility was a three-story, 622-bed structure that was completed for $32 million.

The new Detention Center was also constructed directly adjacent to the Hall of Justice which allowed for the use of a secure atrium that provides access to both facilities while maintaining one, single security checkpoint.

Muskegon Named Facility of the Month

January 12, 2016 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Muskegon Named Facility of the Month

GMuskegon_Correctional_Newsoldberg 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.


Miami County Tunnel Bids Reviewed

December 9, 2015 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News, Under Construction Comments Off on Miami County Tunnel Bids Reviewed

Photo credit: Brian McCauley – Miami County Republic

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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Getting “Locked Up” in Muskegon County ADC

October 22, 2015 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Getting “Locked Up” in Muskegon County ADC


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.

MLive reporter ‘booked’ into new Muskegon County Jail ahead of inmates
By: Stephen Kloosterman, Muskegon Chronicle

Citizens Tour New Muskegon Co. Jail

August 31, 2015 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Citizens Tour New Muskegon Co. Jail


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.

Below is an article that was posted on mlive.com.

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.

Read the rest of the story here.

Muskegon County Detention Center Nearing Completion

July 16, 2015 Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Muskegon County Detention Center Nearing Completion


Transition time for Muskegon County Jail with new facility nearly built

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…..

Read the complete article from the Muskegon Chronicle here.

Update on Seward County Justice Center

July 8, 2015 Criminal Justice, GGA in the News, Under Construction Comments Off on Update on Seward County Justice Center


GGA is excited to report that construction is underway at the site for the new Seward County Justice Center. The project was featured in Correctional News last week (link below). The Justice Center will combine the county’s sheriff’s office, courts, attorney’s office, emergency dispatch center, public defender’s office and probation programs. This new facility will double the capacity of the current Detention Center, eliminating costs for housing overflow inmates, and will include new space for recreation, laundry, kitchen and medical areas.

This project has taken a long time to gain voter support but GGA feels confident that this solution will benefit the county in the long run.

Beckenhauer Construction (of Norfolk, NE) and Goldberg Group Architects have provided a construction progress camera, which can be found here. This will give voters and government officials constant updates on where the project is at.


Correctional News article: http://goo.gl/O9rqnF

Need For Jail: More Than Lack of Maintenance

April 2, 2015 All, Articles, Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Need For Jail: More Than Lack of Maintenance

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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Muskegon County’s new Juvenile Transition Center

February 19, 2015 Criminal Justice, GGA in the News Comments Off on Muskegon County’s new Juvenile Transition Center

By Stephen Kloosterman | sklooste@mlive.com
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on February 19, 2015 at 5:01 AM, updated February 19, 2015 at 5:02 AM

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, MI – A field surrounded by a fence topped with razor wire, a makeshift mobile classroom and a cramped waiting area at the old juvenile center are empty and silent.

Juvenile offenders ages 11-17 who once filled the building have been transferred to a new facility 13 miles to the south in Muskegon. The new multi-million-dollar facility, just one block away from the Muskegon County courthouse, is aimed at rehabilitating the offenders and reducing the likelihood they’ll have to be locked up again.

The old facility was effective as a lockup, with only one escape since 1996. From a treatment standpoint, too, it had its highlights — a full-court gymnasium and a commercial kitchen were among them. But the new space has nearly twice the capacity — with flex space to adjust based on dynamics of the population or scheduled activities.

“We have a lot more space flexibility, where kids can be put,” said Sandy Flower, a youth specialist at the Juvenile Transition Center.

The new building is also set up with separate wings to help staff keep rivals or adversaries separated from each other.

“We have much more capacity to evaluate and separate, which is a good thing,” said Youth Services Director Vernon Oard.

With the old Whitehall Township facility set to be sold at the end of the month, MLive Muskegon Chronicle decided to visit both facilities one more time and see the difference.


Source: MLive

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