Bledsoe County Correctional Complex

  • Client

    • State of Tennessee
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2013
  • Area

    • 459,117 ft²
  • Cost

    • $143,487,161

Design Achievement - The Bledsoe County Correctional Complex addresses Tennessee's projected statewide need for an additional 2,500 beds by 2015. DLR Group's design delivers an efficient and safe corrections environment to successfully manage inmate populations while separating differing security classification levels. The medium/maximum facility features a central circulation path known as The Boulevard, with all services necessary for normal daily operations such as visitation, dining, education, medical, and vocational training accessible to inmates along a single linear building structure. The Boulevard is monitored by officers from an elevated observation area with housing units directly across the boulevard.  An adjacent, standalone facility for minimum security inmates contains three buildings clustered around a central common area for inmate access. Dormitory style housing creates a more open and rewarding living arrangement for minimum security inmates.

Scope Summary - The facility is a 459,117 SF prison consisting of 23 buildings and five housing units, with individual buildings for administration, security, visitation, infirmary, cafeteria, and work programs. It houses 1,444 bed medium and maximum security beds and an adjacent, standalone 300-bed minimum security facility on 51 acres. The medium security unit contains a 40,000 SF inmate education and treatment space and additional inmate services are offered within each facility. Within the secure perimeter, a central core building houses all required inmate services, including education, food service, central laundry, infirmary, intake, visitation, and administrative services. Energy costs are reduced by using 580 geo-thermal wells that circulate air underground at a consistent temperature for heating and cooling. DLR Group provided planning, programming, and architecture services.

Bledsoe County Correctional Complex

State of Tennessee