Comal County Breaks Ground on HDR-Designed Jail Facility
Comal County recently broke ground for its new smart jail facility in New Braunfels, Texas scheduled to be completed in early 2020. The new jail will replace the existing 366-bed facility, with future plans to expand to 900 beds. Planned to accommodate both men and women, it is designed with housing options that include a range of custody levels — separate, single, double occupancy and quad cells, as well as open dorms. Supervision areas will include a second-level control room overlooking housing pods and exercise yards.
“Working with a local firm, LMD Architects, to design the new facility sustainably, our design process for the new jail involved visiting other jails around the state of Texas to review best practices as we started design,” according to Halden Tally, justice principal at HDR. “The design process also allows the existing jail to be renovated into a new law-enforcement facility that will provide enhanced administration, patrol and investigations for a fast-growing county.”
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