Balfour Beatty Wraps Phase One of Detention Center in Santee

The first phase of the Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility in Santee, Ca was recently completed by developer Balfour Beatty Construction. The company had been awarded the contract to develop the $221.5 million project that would replace the old 1960s detention facility. The facility will serve as the point of intake for women inmates in San Diego County, and is being constructed on existing property owned by SDC.

Balfour Beatty Construction has completed phase one of the $221.5 million Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility in Santee. The 1,216-bed facility, which will replace one dating from the 1960s, will serve as the intake point for female inmates in San Diego County.

Located on a 45-acre site adjacent to the present detention center, the new facility will comprise 25 buildings. Functions include new housing, inmate receiving and transfer, visitation, laundry, recreation, religious, dining, medical, administrative, warehouse, buildings for inmate industries, rehabilitation, a learning and resource center, a new entrance and expanded parking.

Designed by San Francisco-based Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz, the project’s executive architect, and HMC, the San Diego-based associate architect, the facility will be a candidate for LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features will include roof-mounted solar panels, acoustical features and water recycling.

Lighting and mechanical designs will reduce energy consumption by at least 20 percent and as much as 35 percent compared to similar buildings, saving up to $365,000 per year. The facility has received honors from the American Institute of Architects and the Design-Build Institute of America.

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