Plaquemines Parish Detention Center
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.
Site improvements required to support the facility’s operations included the extension or utilities, access roads, water storage tanks, a sanitary pumping station, emergency generators, and security perimeter systems.
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