Jail plans get revamped

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Securitecture President Joseph Mrak, right, discusses plans for the new Delta County Correctional Facility as County Administrator Ryan Bergman looks on.

ESCANABA — Delta County officials met with representatives of Kalamazoo-based architectural firm Byce and Associates, Neenah, Wis.-based company Miron Construction, and Noblesville, Ind.-based security consulting firm Securitecture to tweak plans for the new Delta County Correctional Facility Wednesday afternoon. Alterations to plans for the facility, which will be located in the Delta County Service Center, were discussed during a committee of the whole meeting later that day.

County Administrator Ryan Bergman said few major changes were made to plans for the correctional facility.

“We’ve stuck pretty well to our initial designs that we sold the millage on,” he said.

However, some adjustments were made to the plans Wednesday.

“One of the things that we were trying to do was to reduce some construction costs,” Byce and Associates President/CEO James Escamilla said.

Some of the most significant changes introduced Wednesday were made to the correctional facility’s entrances.

“We took about 1,700 square feet out of the building by redesigning the lobby and the (work release) intake area,” Securitecture President Joseph Mrak said.

Two equipment storage buildings included in plans for the facility were reduced in size, as well. This change was made possible by making use of a space which was already present at the Delta County Service Center.

“We reduced them by utilizing an existing receiving garage… in the building,” Mrak said.

Other than these changes, Mrak said several minor adjustments were made to the correctional facility’s floor plan.

“We moved around a lot of walls and things today,” he said.

Mrak also gave attendees a look at exterior plans for an addition to the Delta County Service Center during the meeting. The addition, which will be built out of precast concrete and will be between 24 and 26 feet high, will contain the correctional facility’s housing pod (which will include a central control room), lobby, and intake and release center. Existing spaces at the Delta County Service Center will house offices for the Delta County Sheriff’s Department and the correctional facility’s kitchen and laundry areas.

Mrak said while design work on the new correctional facility is far from complete, he currently expects construction on the facility to begin later this year.

“We have a construction start sometime probably in July or August,” he said. Mrak believes the project could be completed in the late summer or early fall of 2018.

Mrak also spoke about changes that will be made to the Delta County Courthouse, such as the addition of a vehicular sally port and holding cells. These changes will be made in response to the fact that the correctional facility will no longer be located behind the courthouse.

Bergman said Wednesday’s meeting went smoothly, due in large part to the work done by Jail Administrator and Project Manager Jason Thibeault.

“I’m going to be overseeing the jail portion of the construction,” Thibeault said.

Thibeault noted that working with other firms and companies on this project has not been difficult.

“They’re very easy to work with,” he said.