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Larimer County Jail at night. Brick façade and large windows.
Larimer County Jail Improvement

Bridging Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center

Project Location

Fort Collins, CO


279,000 SF, 256 new beds


Larimer County



The Larimer County Jail was constructed in 1983, with later modifications and expansions made to accommodate inmate population growth. Facing rapidly shifting inmate needs and numbers, the county commissioned DLR Group to modernize the jail and improve operations. The jail improvement project is organized around a new Intake/Transfer/Release Center adjoined by a new 256-bed housing unit that eases overcrowding and serves diverse inmate classifications. The expansion links the jail to the Sheriff’s headquarters via this new center, unifying operations and enabling staff to put people where they’re safest and best served. Administrative offices and staff amenity spaces on the second floor offer opportunities to socialize and decompress. With abundant daylight and carefully selected materials used throughout, the improved Larimer County facility emphasizes restorative care, justice, and the wellbeing of both employees and inmates.

Construction was phased over three years to maintain operational continuity and site security. Phase 1 involved utility upgrades and expansion of kitchen and laundry facilities. Phase 2 saw the construction of a new intake housing unit, designed for smaller groups requiring specific segregation. This unit was built first but occupied last to facilitate secure construction access and staff training. Phase 3 involved constructing the new booking and intake facility, including administrative offices and a staff break room. Phase 4 renovated the medical, release, and transfer areas, with a focus on improving safety and reducing recidivism.

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