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Master Planning for Easy Prison Expansion with Minimal Operational Disruption

October 7th, 2009

When an initial correctional facility is built, creating a master plan for current and projected trends in prison populations as well as expected business decisions will save construction costs in the long run. The master plan should include: knowing the number inmates to build for from the get-go, the most cost-effective bed capacity and the targeted bed count and number of clients.

Planning for these three factors plays a major role in designing a building and more importantly designing for future easy, cost-effective expansion projects that do not interrupt critical prison operations. It is extremely imperative, due to the mission-critical nature of a prison, that when a facility is up and running that operations are not interrupted for any reason. Operations include:

•Inmate and staff flow
•Movement of goods in and out
•Infrastructure: communications, water, sewage and electricity
It is also important to recognize before the initial building is built that once a secure perimeter is established, that no future construction occurs behind it.

Designing a master plan that is flexible to fit future needs is critical.

•A building that is flexible will allow for a prison to bring on multiple clients as future business decisions are made. While the primary facility is usually built for only one client, bringing on multiple clients can bring with it increased revenue and requires a facility to be flexible. Sharing a building with multiple clients requires a person flow that does not allow comingling of prisoners of specified states due to variations in standards and programming. Realizing the benefits of including several clients is only possible if future expansion is included in the master plan.
•Not planning optimal infrastructure for expansion projects will drive up future costs. The worst thing during an expansion is worrying about size and location of infrastructure: digging up plumbing because it isn’t the best solution for the expanded facility. The master plan for the initial building should include current needs of water, electricity and communications and also a plan to fit these systems to expanded ones.

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