Franklin County Breaks Ground for New HDR-Reimagined Jail Facility

A recent groundbreaking ushered in the start of the new Franklin County Correction Facility in Columbus, Ohio. HDR, in association with DLZ, led  design and planning for the new facility. The first phase of the project incorporates nearly 900 beds and is scheduled to open in late 2019. The new corrections center will replace the current downtown jail facility, which first opened nearly 40 years ago.

The new Franklin County Correctional Center represents a massive overhaul of jail practices and supervision. 

“We’re excited to work with a progressive and forward-thinking county who is dedicated to reimagining all aspects of the jail. Our team of professionals brought best practices in inmate behavior management, medical care delivery, mental health treatment and design to Franklin County officials and they embraced these concepts,” said HDR’s  senior justice planner, David Bostwick.

A new model, the facility signals a change in detainee treatment by incorporating more space for medical and mental health treatment, including treatment for addiction, and programming, such as education and anger management, to help reduce reoffending. Planned as both a smart and sustainable facility, it is being designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

“Franklin County is committed to the highest standards in safety, rehabilitation and reintegration to reduce recidivism and create a sustainable system that will improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the community. We’re proud to have Franklin County as a client,” said Bostwick.  

About HDR's Justice Experience

HDR is a nationally recognized leader in justice design, with a robust justice practice. Our team of experts has planned and designed justice facilities for 41 years, with over 200,000 beds in detention facilities, using a highly participatory and collaborative design process. 

Our experience covers the full range of facility types including enforcement, detention, courts and corrections. We marry a deep understanding of operational requirements with award winning design, creating environments that enhance security and promote staff retention and rehabilitation. We believe that design has the power to encourage rehabilitation, help reduce recidivism and change lives.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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