Joint Venture Team Breaks Ground to Start Construction of New Comal County Jail
Construction will start next year. After the new jail is constructed, Yates | Sundt will renovate and expand the current jail into office space for the county sheriff.
“We feel privileged and proud to be building such an important project,” said Randy Powell of Yates Construction. “We feel like we’re building one of the most important public facilities in Comal County.”
The new jail will bring increased capacity with room to expand, updated technology and a modern design. The facility will operate on a pod system, with four pods divided into six sections. Each pod will be able to hold up to 144 inmates. The pods will have dayrooms, recreational areas, visitation links that allow families to visit via a video feed and other amenities. If needed, the county can add two more pods. Staff will be able to supervise the housing pods and exercise yards from a second-floor control room, a safer and more efficient option.
“Projects are a success because of a great team, and we’re pleased to partner with Yates, HDR Architecture and Comal County on this public safety project,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Texas District Manager Eric Hedlund. “This new facility will help meet Comal County’s growing needs.”
The project is scheduled to complete in summer 2020.
About Yates Construction
Yates Construction is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction companies providing general construction, at-risk construction management, design-build, preconstruction and specialized turnkey services from 16 offices throughout eight states in the U.S., including two Texas offices in San Antonio and Fort Worth. Founded in 1964, Yates is ranked among the top construction services providers in the country by Engineering News Record, with its highest ranking of No. 6 in “Correctional Facilities.” www.wgyates.com
Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors with 11 offices in Texas, Arizona, California and Utah. Known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services, Sundt was named the nation’s safest construction company the Associated General Contractors of America in 2016. Over the past three decades, Sundt has constructed more than 100,000 detention beds in various custody levels. www.sundt.com
About the Yates-Sundt Joint Venture
Building on the success of their established joint venture on a $180 million project in Arizona, Yates-Sundt again joined forces for the express purpose of constructing the Comal County Jail & Sheriff’s Office projects. Over the past 10 years, Yates and Sundt have separately completed more than $1.5 billion in construction of 75 justice and law-enforcement center projects throughout the U.S.; 16 of those projects with HDR and three with Broaddus & Associates (the architect and project manager, respectively, on the Comal County Jail & Sheriff’s Office projects).