County Approves Detention Center Construction Contract
RIVERSIDE – A modern and efficient detention center that will add critically needed detention center capacity while creating hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs is set to begin construction this summer.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 to award the $275 million East County Detention Center construction contract to Clark Construction Group-California, LP of Irvine.
“Jail overcrowding has been a huge problem for Riverside County for many years, and we need additional detention center beds to reduce the early release of inmates into our community,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am very pleased to arrive at this day to get started on this vital project for our county and significant county investment in downtown Indio.”
The project will create hundreds of construction jobs and 450 permanent positions and drew praise Tuesday from labor leaders at the supervisors’ meeting.
The East County Detention Center will be a 516,000-square-foot facility on a six-acre site in the City of Indio. Upon completion, the 1,626-bed detention center facility will replace the existing 350-bed jail in Indio, representing a net addition of 1,273 beds to the county’s overall detention center bed capacity.
The state-of-the-art facility will be better designed to provide programs to reduce recidivism. It is also designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level rating.
Over the last three years, the county worked rapidly and diligently with the City of Indio and private industry to prepare for the East County Detention Center. County departments were relocated in order to demolish the County Administrative Center, a four-courtroom annex, and public safety radio communications building and tower that sat on the site. The demolition was completed in November 2014.
Along the way, the county designed and built new facilities to revitalize and streamline county operations in downtown Indio. In February, the county opened the County Law Building, a three-floor, 90,000-square-foot facility for the district attorney, public defender, county counsel and Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library. It was completed four months early and about $2 million under budget, and became the first county facility to earn the LEED Platinum certification.
Other projects completed in this series of improvements include: two courtrooms at the Larson Justice Center, the East County Emergency Operations Center and an 832-space parking structure.
The total East County Detention Center budget, which also includes architectural services, construction management, site acquisition and other costs, is estimated at $330 million. The project is anticipated to have a 30-month construction schedule, with completion expected by December 2017.