San Bernardino Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center

  • Location:

    San Bernardino, California

  • Client:

    County of San Bernardino

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  • Specialties:

    Corrections, Government

Features & Highlights

  • Project was completed six months ahead of the County’s original schedule
  • Campus-style arrangement streamlines operations, minimizes the need to transport individuals
  • First design-build project for the county
Project Overview

The San Bernardino Juvenile Detention and Assessment facility includes a 42,765-square-foot administration and warehouse building and a 280-bed detention complex built in 14 identical modules totaling 88,572 square feet. The facility’s campus-style arrangement includes offices, an operations center, kitchen and dining areas, a library, conference and classrooms, weapons vault, medical clinic, secured storage and a warehouse with load dock. At 9.7 acres, the site is also equipped with a state-of-the-art security system, which exceeds Federal Prison requirements.

From programming studies to final design, we used BIM technology to explain development approaches, construction sequences and configuration of building materials. As the client gained an understanding of these factors, they were able to better evaluate their options, including associated cost and time impacts.

This accelerated effort helped to reduce project cost contingencies, reduced final production time after contract award and virtually eliminated construction conflicts for the entire team. During the final documentation phase, the use of BIM and clash detection sessions by the entire design-build team further reduced potential construction delays. Altogether, project design and construction were completed on budget and within 22 months, six full months faster than the client’s original schedule.

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“Sundt’s team approach allowed any issues to be dealt with in an expedient and open fashion. Their management, scheduling, and cost control measures on the project have resulted in a seamless transition from design, to construction, to ultimate occupancy.”

Cindy Jones, Senior Project Manager, County of San Bernardino Architecture & Engineering Department


Awards & Accolades

2011 Western Pacific Region Design-Build Award: Best Correctional Facility, DBIA Western Pacific Region