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Richmond City Justice Center

Richmond City Justice Center

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed:
One of the biggest challenges for the owner was the ability to maneuver to other options once design and construction began. This was directly addressed by implementing a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) contract and ensuring that the owner’s program manager had funding set aside in a contingency fund. These provisions allowed the owner to set aside funds and keep doors open that would normally have been closed after the design phase.
 
Additionally, as the facility was a jail, the risks of constructing a new facility on a new site outweighed the challenges of constructing on the existing site. As a result, the parties involved had less space to operate and increased safety concerns. Just-in-time delivery practices were used in order to keep the project flowing without having a lay-down area for materials. For example, the precast structure of the building had a minute by minute delivery and erection schedule created and adhered to by the contractors.
 
Summary:
The Richmond Justice Center was a project more than 20 years in the making. Replacing a facility built in the 1960’s that was approximately half the size of the new 412,000-SF center, the new Justice Center offers air-conditioned spaces for inmates and staff, medical and dental clinics and dedicated staff accommodations, including locker rooms, a fitness area and dining areas — all features that were lacking in the prior facility. Inmates that were previously housed in a communal enclosure surrounded by bars (sometimes up to 150 men at a time) are now housed in pods containing no more than 45 individual cells. These pods contain a day room, eating facilities and an exercise room, eliminating the need for inmate transport throughout the facility and providing a more secure environment for residents and staff.

 

Client/Owner: The City of Richmond
Design-Build Team
Design-Builder HOK Architects
General Contractor Tompkins/Ballard Joint Venture
Architect HOK Architects
Engineers Wiley Wilson
ReStl Designers, Inc.
T.K. Davis
The Bell Company
Watson Electrical
Esitech
Cornerstone Detention Products
VHB
Tindall
 
Duration of Construction: 43 months
Actual Project Cost: $123,520,536