New Detention Center to Mark Construction Milestone
INDIO – After more than a million construction labor hours, the John J. Benoit Detention Center, Riverside County’s future state-of-the-art detention center in Indio, will commemorate reaching the highest point of construction with a topping-out ceremony.
Riverside County and City of Indio officials invite the public to the John J. Benoit Detention Center topping-out ceremony, which will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, July 31. The event will be in the parking lot of the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, near gate 1, 82-503 Highway 111.
“I look forward to celebrating the contribution of labor and effort that has gone into building this vital project, which will improve community safety, host rehabilitation and training programs and boost the local economy,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “I'm very happy to mark this monumental step for this important project that recognizes our late Supervisor John J. Benoit. John passionately supported the development of this project for public safety in the county, and his leadership and service in law enforcement and public office will forever be honored here.”
At the end of the ceremony, a white steel beam, signed by project staff and dignitaries, will be hoisted to the top to forever be a part of the building.
The John J. Benoit Detention Center is under construction on a 6.5-acre site at the southwest corner of Oasis Street and Highway 111. The project consists of housing and support buildings, totaling 516,000 square feet, and an underground tunnel connecting to Larson Justice Center.
The 1,626-bed John J. Benoit Detention Center will represent a net addition of 1,273 beds to the county’s overall detention center bed capacity. The expanded space will include classrooms to facilitate programs to reduce recidivism and offer high school diplomas, re-entry workforce readiness, career technical education and other training programs. The new detention center will also contain a medical clinic.
The construction is supplying hundreds of jobs, and the substantial county investment in public safety and infrastructure has benefited the community. Completed projects associated with the detention center include the County Law Building, East County Emergency Operations Center, an 832 space parking structure and two new courtrooms at Larson Justice Center.
Future improvements include a storm drain system to alleviate localized flooding on Arabia Street and Highway 111. Construction of street improvements on Highway 111 and Oasis Street will begin upon the completion of the detention center and demolition of existing jail.
The general contractor, Clark Construction, began construction in July 2015. Riverside County expects to open the detention center in mid-2018. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will operate the facility.