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NEW CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, FEDERAL FIRING RANGE & STAFF TRAINING CENTER

FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS – MENDOTA, CA


ABOUT

QK provided civil engineering design services to architect Arrington Watkins for the new 200-acre facility.

APPROACH

In Phase 1, QK worked on the design of site grading and paving, portable water, sewer and storm water systems as well as public utility coordination. Our firm executed an extensive soil and foundation improvement program as well as essential drainage and underground utility improvements to mitigate the danger of seismic activity. To address shallow groundwater problems, the building site was raised by five feet and was dewatered during construction.

In Phase 2, we completed the development of the $236 million prison complex, including site development, infrastructure, housing, and support buildings. QK also provided engineering design services for a federal firing range and staff training center.

KEY ISSUES

The new correctional institution had to meet the needs of law enforcement and the inmate population. Earthquake preparedness measures were extremely important due to the very poor soil conditions and shallow groundwater at the construction site.

RESULTS

The design of the correctional facility began in April 2007 and was completed over a 4-month period. The new facility was completed in 2011, and construction on the firing range and staff training center ended in 2013.



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