Prison Construction by Committee

by Terry Wayne Towle, Construction Engr.; Capital Projects, State of Tennessee, 1509 John Sevier Bldg., Nashville, TN 37219,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 9, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


Prisons are providing tremendous engineering, construction and management opportunities. Many states are under court order to upgrade their correctional systems. The tremendous volume of work necessary for this type of program has caught many states unprepared. Governments are looking for better ways to manage this work and to speed up the process if possible. The state of Tennessee is trying a unique management scheme to better handle their correctional renovation program. This scheme uses the team management approach combined with outside expertise. To date, the management scheme has reduced both costs and the time required to take a project through design and construction. With this new approach to managing a $210 million prison improvement program, Tennessee expects to undercut the $76,000 per bed national average for single cell maximum security facilities. Proving that the public sector can still build cost-effective prisons, Tennessee will build two new maximum security facilities for $56,000 per bed.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Security | Court decisions | Government | Renovation | Personnel management | Construction costs | Public buildings | Tennessee | United States

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