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The four-building 141,000 square foot complex sits on a 91-acre site. A central building was completed for Administration, an Emergency Operations Center, 911 Call Center and Detention Facility, two Confinement Buildings that house up to 256 inmates each, as well as an additional building for Fleet Maintenance.
The Confinement Buildings were designed to house the inmates in two-person and four-person cells and include dayrooms with video visitation stations and an indoor recreation area. Detention deputies located in central control rooms on the second level of each facility will have control over lights, door locks and security camera systems. A secure corridor connects each Confinement Building to the Administration Building and security cameras and razor ribbon fencing help keep it secure.
The $659,000 Ajax returned back to the project from cost savings allowed the Sheriff’s Department to meet all of its goals, according to Sheriff Dobson.
“We’re anxious for the community to get a first-hand look at the latest technology and design elements that are an important part of the project and will help us do our job more efficiently,” said Sheriff Dobson. “Ajax did outstanding work, we couldn’t be happier with the quality, schedule, cost and cooperative spirit in helping us accomplish our mission.”
The non-profit Baker Correctional Development Corporation, which developed the project through an operations agreement with the Baker County Sheriffs Office, will pay down the municipal bonds used to build the complex with funds received from increased inmate occupancy. Therefore, taxpayers will receive the benefits of the new facility without absorbing the project’s cost.