Published on March 21st, 2017 | by UC&D Magazine0
Gunnison Prison Expansion
$30 million project adds 76 new jobs to Gunnison-based facility.
It’s not the most high-profile project recently completed in Utah, but the $30 million expansion to the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison was critical in that it added 192 beds to the facility, while also creating the need for 76 new jobs at the facility, boosting total employment to 425 people. The facility is called Monroe West 1.
According to DeLoy Adams, Project Manager for Sandy-based general contractor Layton Construction, the project also included a new intake and transportation building, a dog kennel for up to 12 K9’s, and a state-of-the-art, complex security system that allows correctional officers to interact directly with inmates. Direct supervision has been shown to increase safety and reduce violent incidents among inmates and attacks on officers.
“We’re excited about this facility – we’re instituting a true direct supervision style of management, which is new to us in Utah,” said Steve Turley, Division Director over prison projects for the Utah Department of Corrections (DOC), who credited DOC Executive Director Rollin Cook for implementing the program. “Other states have been doing it for awhile. It’s a great way to manage inmates. It’s evidence based.”
The facility is located in a remote area of Central Utah 125 miles from Salt Lake City, which made it difficult for workers to find a place to live during construction.
“One of the biggest challenges is, because it’s a remote site, there are not a lot of places for workers – it’s either drag
down a trailer or find a motel room in Manti, Ephraim or Salina,” said Adams.
The building, he said, is nothing unique or out of the ordinary compared to other modern-day correctional facilities. The expansion’s structure was CMU masonry block and some precast concrete panels with a structural steel roof structure. Adams said the special systems for security are perhaps the most unique aspect compared to other construction projects. Security includes elaborate camera systems both inside the facility and a special infrared camera around the perimeter of the facility, along with razor wire on the fence. A fiber optic cable was installed to sense movement or vibrations.
“Layton did a great job in building it,” said Turley. “They were on target and it was a smooth process.”
“It was pretty straightforward,” said Kelley Slentz, Project Manager for CML Security of Denver, the audio/visual contractor for the security system. “We were involved with both the detention equipment and the security systems. The success of this project is based on being able to work together with all the other trades. Cache Valley Electric installed all the security equipment.”
Slentz said security systems started significantly changing in the mid-80’s and today’s systems are more IP based, where systems are controlled via touch screen computers.
“Security and electronics are constantly evolving,” he said. “This job went really well for us – we enjoyed the relationships we had with the GC, owner, subs and the design team.”
Turley said another new aspect that ties into direct supervision is that all cell doors are made of Lexan glass, other than the cup/tray port, allowing officers to better monitor inmates.
New Utah State Prison Groundbreaking Announced
Infrastructure work has started on the new Utah State Prison project, located west of the Salt Lake Int’l Airport off I-80. Official groundbreaking of the massive prison is slated for June 6, according to Steve Turley of the Utah Department of Corrections.
Turley said a mile-long haul road is currently being built, along with the beginning of some basic infrastructure such as water and power lines. The CM/GC project is currently in schematic design.
GSBS Architects of Salt Lake and St. Louis-based HOK form the architecture team. Big-D Construction of Salt Lake and Kitchell comprise the construction management team; Okland Construction of Salt Lake and Layton Construction of Sandy form the joint-venture general contractor team.
Turley said the prison will also be managed by a direct supervision style. “It’s about trying to bring a normalcy type of setting to the prison, rather than just warehouse inmates. Have them go to a cafeteria to eat, to classrooms, to therapy sessions. We’re excited about this facility.”