San Mateo County Maple Street Correctional Center
Location:Redwood City, California
Design Consultants:Architect/Engineer-Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. - SF, Architect/Engineer-Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. - TX
“Sundt Layton has raised the bar for the industry with your level of detail and quality through your schematic design estimate submittal”
Lt. Deborah Bazan,
Sheriff’s Office Executive Project Manager,
San Mateo Replacement Correctional Facility
The Maple Street Facility was designed using a new innovative approach to corrections: to stop the revolving door of individuals in and out of jail. The goal is to keep people out of jail by preparing them to have a purpose in their lives through training programs and counseling. The modern facility has features like extensive natural light and classrooms, as well as computer and food preparation training areas.
The project, performed by Sundt and a joint venture partner, included remediation of a brownfield site, demolition of existing structures, and on- and off-site improvements to prepare the 4.8-acre site for development of the new 260,000-square-foot complex. The new facility has 832 beds, support spaces, a natural light-filled visitor lobby, video visitation area, full-service kitchen, locker rooms, staff dining with outside eating area, laundry facility and loading docks.
One of many unique features is a separate area of 88 beds for work furlough prisoners. Those inmates are allowed to leave the facility during the day for work, school or training. Work furlough inmates are housed separately from the general population.
Staff ensures inmates appear in court and complete jail sentences; are kept in a manner that provides for their medical, nutritional, hygienic, legal and spiritual needs; and receive services designed to provide opportunities to improve their lives, both during and after incarceration, in order to reduce recidivism.
Visitation at the facility includes video capabilities and a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome. Inmates are rewarded for good behavior with ping-pong, a large rooftop recreation yard and surround-sound big-screen TVs. Inmate programming options include a culinary training kitchen, a dog training program and computer labs.
The sustainable construction project earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.