Centre County Correctional Facility, Bellefonte, PA
The new 112,570 square foot Centre County Correctional Facility is designed for an initial capacity of 328 beds with room for future expansion to 600 beds. High security inmates are housed in single occupancy cells with male and female medium security inmates and intake inmates housed in double occupancy cells. Male and female work release inmates are housed in three dormitory units. Housing units are designed to reduce long-term staffing costs with the number of inmates in a typical general population unit limited to a maximum of 54 beds under direct supervision. The special management segregation units of 20 beds operate under direct surveillance. Each housing unit has a recreation yard which is visible to staff; the yards also provide natural daylight for the housing units.
L.R. Kimball also recently provided engineering design services for the upgrade of the facility’s surveillance system.
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In 2005, Hurricane Katrina passed directly over the existing detention facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The extent of the damage rendered the facility inoperative and required its replacement. The Parish then began the process of pursuing funding from the federal government through the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). As part of that process, L.R. Kimball was engaged as the Architect to design a replacement facility and assist with the preparation of documents required for the approval of funding.
The new facility was designed to be on an elevated platform structure approximately 19 feet above grade to raise it above flood elevation. On that platform, a single building was constructed to house a maximum capacity of 871 inmates and the required support components including intake, administration, medical, kitchen, laundry, visiting, counseling, programs, recreation, etc.
The design of the facility on an elevated platform dictated that the footprint of the structure be minimized to reduce construction costs. Access to the platform by vehicles is by way of ramps at both ends and for visitors and staff by stairs and elevators from the parking area under the structure.
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