Kings County Phase II Jail Expansion1570 Kings County Drive
Hanford, CA 93230
Design Achievement - Kings County is located in California's south central region of the San Joaquin Valley between the Diablo mountain range, and has evolved into one of California's most productive agricultural regions. The County Sheriff's Department has been affected by the challenges of AB 109 realignment, which re-directs sentenced inmates to local jails in lieu of state prisons. DLR Group's design of the Kings County Jail Phase II Expansion has the crucial and multi-faceted role of alleviating the stress of overcrowding as a result of state inmate realignment, while also supporting inmate rehabilitation for the changing prison population and improving the overall work environment for the correctional staff. The addition of beds and rehabilitative programs will serve the public with fewer early releases and better rehabilitation of inmates upon permanent release. In addition, the expansion provides the addition of a centralized, administrative building for all of the sheriffs in Kings County that mirrors the aesthetic context of the new courthouse adjacent to the jail, tying both facilities into a holistic complex.
Scope Summary – This 70,000 SF expansion of the existing jail included a 254-bed addition, new medical and dental suite, new laundry services, new programs services, new administration and staff services, intake center addition, and expansion of the kitchen facility. The team conducted an analysis of the county's existing bed count projection and through reallocation of bed type was able to increase the overall number of beds. DLR Group also assisted the county with navigating the AB 900 state funding and approval process. This expansion is Phase II of a multi-phase master planning process in which the facility will grow from just over 600 beds to a projected 1,300 beds over time. In addition, the Phase II Jail Expansion is a part of larger effort to complete and unify the county's justice complex that includes DLR Group's design of a new superior courthouse, transfer tunnel, and the future Phase III Expansion of the jail. Sustainability features include: modular central plant for efficient heating and cooling of the building to reduce energy costs over the life of the facility and a thermal mass building envelope at roof and walls to maximize both security and energy efficiency. DLR Group provided architecture, planning, and interiors services.