Federal Bureau of Prisons Big Sandy


Client Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Location: Inez, KY
Delivery Method: Design-Build
SF: 677,000 SF core
Cost: $149 million
Completion date: 2002
Architects: Woolpert-KZF


PJ Dick, in conjunction with design partner, Woolpert-KZF, served as the Design-Build contractor to the BOP for the U.S. Penitentiary at Inez in eastern Kentucky, known as “USP Big Sandy.” Trumbull Corporation, PJ Dick’s sister company, served as the sitework contractor and a key member of the Design-Build team.

USP Big Sandy includes an 864-cell high-security facility with 96 segregated cells and a 128-bed minimum-security Federal Prison Camp. The high-security facility, which has 677,000 sf total building area, is a compound plan consisting of one and two-story program buildings, a Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) factory, and three 4-story general housing buildings enclosed in a continuous secure corridor surrounding an interior compound. The minimum-security work camp, with living units and support facilities, is located outside the secure compound. The 50-meter outdoor firing range has 16 firing positions, expandable to 24, and includes a firing support building.

The health services area includes dental treatment/operating rooms, dental labs, dental sterilization, equipment and storage rooms, audiology and optometry rooms, procedures/treatment room, triage, x-ray, specimen collection area, clinical lab, psychology observation rooms, pharmacy and pharmacy storage, various examination rooms, biomedical waste space, medical records office, and physician and medical administrative offices.


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