“Having participated in the partnering sessions, I can attest to the collective team’s true commitment to the partnering process on this unique and innovative project. Despite the group’s large size, we formed a powerful team that was aligned with the owner’s objectives and remained mindful of the county’s rehabilitative goals for inmates. We met every challenge head on and the results speak for themselves – an award-winning design that was built safely, on schedule, on original budget, and with a zero punch list. We are all proud to have been a part of this project and its success is a testament the team’s commitment to each other, the design-build process and partnering at its best.”

-Brian Cahill, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s California Division

Partnering Results

  • Completed ahead of schedule.
  • Zero lost time incidents.
  • Zero punch list items.
  • Developed innovations that reduced materials and operational costs while boosting quality.

Project Description

The correctional project entailed construction of 25 buildings, spanning 45 acres and 464,000 square feet of building space. Built to replace the former 1960s-era complex, the new facility serves as the point of intake for women inmates in San Diego County.

Based on a non-traditional design that is elevating standards for future detention facilities, the progressive environment promotes rehabilitation, not only incarceration of inmates. The facility design addresses this goal by incorporating areas for education, pre-employment training, recreation services, religious and library services and inmate industries. It also houses space for 1.216 minimum, medium and maximum security beds, along with inmate health services, food services, a central utility plant and maintenance shops.

Project Details

464,000 SF
$221.5 million
LEED® Gold-designed

Project Team

County of San Diego/Department of General Services

General Contractor:
Balfour Beatty Construction

Construction Manager:
Vanir Construction Management

Executive Architect:
KMD Architects

Associate Architect:
HMC Architects