Otay Mesa Detention Facility

  • Location:

    Otay Mesa, California

  • Client:

    CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America)

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  • Delivery Method:

    Design-bid-build/Design Build

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Features & Highlights

  • Conversion of structural components to design-build
  • Enhanced cell and wall design services provided by Sundt to improve project durability and functionality
  • Utilized precast cell configuration
Project Overview

Sundt performed construction services for this 350,000-square-foot detention facility that includes 1,492 total beds and support services for the operation of the facility. The project included extensive site development, including perimeter fence, roads and lighting. The project required extensive coordination with the client on security systems for both the building and project site, which included a perimeter detection system.  Staff and visitor parking were included in the scope as well as exterior facilities for occupant use.

Sundt was chosen for this project in large part because of the solutions we brought to the table that enhanced the existing design and improved the durability and serviceability of the building.  In order to provide a structure that would be more durable if exposed to seismic activity, we were able to convert the pre-engineered metal building design into a structural steel solution with minimal impact to the total project cost. Sundt took the responsibility to re-design the structure while maintaining the originally purposed schedule.

Sundt also provided improvement to the cast-in-place components for the facility.  In coordination with the owner and design team we implemented a cast-in-place solution that provided concealed connection points and eliminated the requirement for an enclosure strip for walls.  In order to accomplish this, close coordination between our Virtual Design and Construction team was provided both remotely and on site to assist the concrete crews.  By eliminating this strip we were able to reduce the number of seams in the structure, which in turn provided a safer and more maintainable environment for the building occupants.

Sundt was also able to assist the client by closely coordinating the utility work for the project.  Due to the remote location, several service extensions were required in order to get the facility up and running. We worked as an extension of the owner in getting approvals with the local providers in order to open the facility on time.

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Sundt redesigned the structure into a structural steel solution that would be more durable if exposed to seismic activity.