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Saginaw, MI

Saginaw County, Michigan hired GGA and Spicer Group, a local engineering and surveying firm, to evaluate the County’s aging Adult Detention Center (ADC) and prepare a Feasibility Study for increasing the bed capacity and improving efficiencies. The existing three story, 251-bed facility was built in 1970 as part of a County Government “Campus”.

Over the years, the ADC has been modified and expanded several times to house an average daily population (ADP) of 430-460 inmates. The building has been well maintained, but has excess water penetration in lower-level spaces. The building does not comply with current life safety codes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and American Correctional Association (ACA) standards for inmate care. Additionally, crowding and in-efficient staff ratios has become a major problem.

The GGA·Spicer team determined that trying to bring the existing building into compliance with modern codes and practices, while increasing the detention housing numbers would be impractical and cost prohibitive. Working with the Sheriff’s staff, and County personnel, the team investigated several alternative designs for constructing a new Adult Detention Center on the campus site to maintain the adjacencies the County has realized for many years.

From the options presented, Saginaw County decided to construct a new 511-bed facility with the Sheriff’s offices located on the first floor of the three-story facility and a tunnel connecting to the Saginaw County Government Center and Courthouse. Completion date is expected in late 2019.

Project Data:

  • Jail, Jail Administration, Sheriff’s Department, Tunnel
  • Beds:  511


Check out the progress! Click here to see a time-lapse video.