Construction Continues in Jail Addition

Construction Continues in Jail Addition


Construction of the addition to the Washington County Detention Center is continuing with projects going on in two locations and in two stations.

20131010_150702On site at the jail, construction continues on the foundation of new cells that are planned to arrive in the next week or so.

At a recent commissioner meeting, Les Smth, construction manager of the project, noted that Steel Cell in Georgia, a plant that makes prefabricated steel jail cells, workers have been busy constructing the cells for the project.

Smith said workers are finishing preparations for pouring the concrete floor, such as installing underground electrical service.

Smith also said he had visited the plant in Georgia, where fixtures, including built-in beds, are being installed in the cells and a coating applied to them. Smith estimated the cells weigh 7,000 to 8,000 pounds each and include two-, four- and eight-person cells.

Smith explained that three or four cells at a time will be trucked to the site, where they will be stacked and welded together. He expects the first group to possibly arrive on Monday, Oct. 14.

Krempp Construction, Jasper, has the contract for the multi-scope package which essentially refers to the basic shell that includes the cells and such items as carpentry, ceiling, flooring and the concrete.