Tucson United States Penitentiary/Federal Prison Camp

Justice . Prisons

CLIENT: Federal Bureau of Prisons





The new United States Penitentiary (USP) and Federal Prison Camp (FPC) provides space for 1100 inmates.

The penitentiary is the high-security portion of the 650,000 SF project, consisting of living units and support facilities for 960 inmates. The compound includes several one and two-store buildings, a Federal Prison Industry (UNICOR) factory, educational and vocational facilities, six general housing units, and one special housing unit.

The prison camp is located outside the secure compound and provides living units and support facilities for an additional 128 inmates. A Central Shared Facility, which is comprised of general and UNICOR warehouses, a garage/landscape building, a fueling station, and a hazardous material building, is also located outside the compound.

Construction included precast modular cell units, tilt-up concrete wall panels, structural precast, masonry, and 650,00 SF of concrete slab on grade. Over 500,000 cubic yards of soils had to be excavated in preparing the site. Underground utilities, including storm and sanitary sewers, electrical duct banks, and water distribution systems were installed.

Situated on a 660-acre site, actual construction at the penitentiary and prison camp occupies 217 acres.

AWARDED: Southwest Contractor – Best Design-Build Project | 2006 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards, Associated General Contractors of America | 2007 Design-Build Institute of America, Design-Build Excellence Award, Public Sector building Over $15 Million

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