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Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail

  • Client

    • Maricopa County
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2004
  • Area

    • 670,237 ft²
  • Cost

    • $112,153,464

Design Achievement - One of the country's largest county jails, the Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail houses 1,808 inmates in a three-story maximum-security tower and two-story mainframe facility. DLR Group's design incorporates three separately operated facilities into one structure that allows these units to efficiently share common services. This includes adult males, remanded juveniles, and psychiatric populations.  In addition to inmate housing, the jail has a visitor reception area that gives access to a large video visitation center where visits with inmates occur via video monitor and phone. Separate small contact visitation areas allow for secured visits with inmates in maximum, minimum, psychiatric, and infirmary housing units.

Scope Summary - The scope of work centered on a new 670,000 SF jail facility. Additionally, an adjacent Central Services Facility provides services for the entire Maricopa County adult and juvenile inmate populations. A 120,000 SF Food Factory delivers up to 40,000 meals per day to the other 12 Maricopa County detention facilities. In order to handle the volume of foods produced, the Food Factory operates 24/7 with three shifts operating six hours at a time. A 60-bed infirmary, pharmacy and specialty medical clinics serve the entire Maricopa County inmate population. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, and engineering services.

Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail

Maricopa County