Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kern County, CA

Lerdo Justice Facility, Federal Firing Range & Staff Training Center


The Lerdo Justice Facility correctional institution and staff training center had to meet the needs of Kern County Sherrif’s Department and other law enforcement, as well as the inmate population. The design needed to accommodate for earthquake preparedness measures, which are extremely important due to the very poor soil conditions and shallow groundwater at the construction site.

QK worked on the design of site grading and paving, potable water, sewer, and stormwater systems as well as public utility coordination. Our engineering team 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.

The development of the $236 million prison complex design includes infrastructure, housing, and support buildings. QK also provided engineering design services for a federal firing range and staff training center.