RSW Regional Jail

Construction Duration: June 2012 - June 2014
Client: Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority
URL: www.rswregionaljail.com

The Jail That Doesn’t Look Like a Jail Not only does the facility help overcome jail overcrowding in Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties, the design of the new regional jail intentionally articulates the mass of the front façade to respond to the design restrictions associated with the site’s Corridor Overlay zoning. The result is that the facility has a commercial appearance, making it look less like an institution and more like the historic community in which it resides. The facility blends in with neighboring architecture without typical features — such as razor wire, observation towers, and high mast lighting — that are often associated with a correctional institution.

The new regional jail opened with 375 beds and can be expanded to support up to 623 beds. The facility offers a separate living area for inmates on work release so they won’t be in contact with the general jail population. Support areas include food service, laundry, intake and release, medical services, recreation and education, central storage, visitation, magistrate, administration and staff services.

High performance and sustainable design strategies are incorporated into many aspects of the project, including the site design, building envelope construction, energy systems, building material selection, construction practices, and water using systems and equipment.

  • Precast concrete cells were used for 218 (in both maximum- and medium-security housing) of the 375 beds.

  • The concrete floors were stained and polished to provide the finished floor in many areas of the building, including all the housing units.

  • The precast concrete cell forms were customized to provide a slot between the units for fire sprinkler piping to cover the underside of the balcony

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