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Chillicothe Correctional Center

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    • State of Missouri
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Design Achievement - The Chillicothe Correctional Center for Women replaces an outdated prison constructed in 1887. DLR Group's design drastically improves safety and security for the public, staff and offenders. Non-conventional materials such as vinyl tile and carpet, as well as ceramic tile in the showers create a warmer environment for the female inmates. Additional amenities include a salon, religious center, library, bakery, cosmetology lab, gymnasium, and greenhouse. The facility includes a unique Women's Reception and Diagnostic Center to facilitate the intake function and the care of the female offender. These features include significant diagnostic staff and evaluation facilities in each housing unit, including medical and psychological evaluation as part of the intake process. This is one of the most intensive and comprehensive reception facilities in the U.S. with both maximum and minimum security classifications.

Scope Summary - The Chillicothe Correctional Center consists of 15 buildings stretching over 500,000 SF on 80 acres. Eight separate housing units can accommodate 1,656 offenders, with the ability to expand up to 2,000. The building exteriors are pre-cast concrete and pre-engineered metal, with sloped metal roofs. Administration and visitation reside in the same building with central command. The central service building contains education and recreation, dining, warehouse, vocation-laundry, and motor vehicle repair. Security Levels 1 through 4 utilize non-conventional materials including vinyl tile, carpet, and ceramic tile in the showers, creating a softer interior atmosphere for the female occupants. More conventional materials such as concrete are maintained on Level 5. DLR Group provided architecture and engineering design services in fast-track design-build delivery with JE Dunn Construction, and completed in just 18 months.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Honor Award

    Design-Build Institute of America, Mid-American Region
  • Excellence in Construction Award

    Associated Builders and Contractors, Cornhusker
  • Design-Build Award

Chillicothe Correctional Center

State of Missouri