The Youth Education and Rehabilitation Center (YDC) is a 81,000 SF facility housing 60 detainees, located on Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore. Located at the northeastern corner of the Correctional Complex campus, the facility comprises new construction and renovated areas formerly occupied by the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit. The new construction was in place of the main facility of the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit, which was demolished for this project. The area that was renovated was part of a former warehouse building.
The YDC is a dedicated pretrial facility for youths, providing the extensive support services required of a juvenile population, including a full educational program operated by Baltimore City Public Schools. The facility also includes medical and mental health, and athletic/recreational spaces geared toward the specific needs of a youth population.
The pretrial center will provide educational and service benefits to its occupants. This new center will provide the mandatory sight and sound separation from the adult population, while allowing the occupants to take part in an educational program operated via Baltimore City Public Schools. Before this facility, the youth population was detained with hardened criminals, as they awaited trial without the ability to take part in educational and rehabilitative services.
The educational wing separates the school from housing, which will increase a sense of normalization for the youth population. With spaces like state-of-the-art classrooms, a full-sized gymnasium, art-room, media center, and collaboration centers, this facility will focus on educating and rehabilitating rather than just housing it’s occupants.
The building offers the ability to provide a full assortment of medical servicing capabilities. The facility includes a medical infirmary, full dental clinic, exam rooms, isolation rooms, psychology and behavioral health services and dialysis, and a spacious waiting area within the medical wing. This medical/health wing was designed and constructed around the specific needs of a juvenile population.
The facility achieved LEED Gold certification. A few of the integrated sustainable features include urban site selection and site density, reduction of water usage, a highly-efficient building envelope, high performance HVAC systems, efficient LED lighting sources, and recycled or readily renewable materials and finishes.
CAM successfully managed the renovations and new construction at this fully occupied medium security facility, within the 40 acre security fencing. The project included construction of seven separate buildings – many of which were phased occupied renovations, where CAM maintained excellent owner interaction to ensure uninterrupted facility use.
The seven phase project within an occupied, operational correctional facility included importation and placement of more than 115,000 cubic yards of fill, installation of 7,000 lineal feet of 16’ high double correctional facility fencing, a new sallyport, and two new 40’ tall brick, block and concrete guard towers.
Also included was new asphalt paved parking for 700 vehicles, a 14,000 square foot visitors center and gatehouse, a 4,000 square foot addition to an existing building and fully equipped 15,000 square foot kitchen which, with its $1.5 million in detention approved kitchen equipment, is operated in part by prisoners.
Building construction is brick, block and concrete. This multi-phase, multiple building project, within an occupied area is evidentiary of CAM’s capabilities and represents one of the successful projects completed by the CAM/Bushey Feight Morin team.
Ground was broken in late October 2008 for the new seven phased, five-story and single story, 88,000 square foot addition and renovation to an existing, 100,000 square foot fully occupied facility at the Harford County Detention Center.
Having completed a previous project at this site, CAM was invited to submit qualifications for bidding the second major addition to this medium security county correctional facility. The five-story addition included permanently relocated entries and sallyports, administrative areas, 108 inmate housing cells and associated support areas, an inmate intake/outtake area, library, locker rooms/restrooms, laundry, staff dining areas, medical treatment, visiting areas and enclosed exercise yards.
The very tightly confined site required that the construction staging area be relocated multiple times. Extensive, phased renovations to the existing building allowed for interaction between the existing programs and those housed in the new addition.
The project also included reworking of existing fencing, installation of temporary and new entry gates, relocation of an existing dog kennel, all new utilities, paving, underground storm water management facilities, and stream protection. All renovations and new construction work was completed directly adjacent to staff and inmates, while the existing facility remained occupied and fully operational.
CAM constructed a new 49,000 SF addition to an occupied existing facility. The project entailed four cell blocks approximately, 7,000 SF each. Also included in the facility were administrative offices, visitation areas, hearing rooms, booking areas, multi-purpose room, isolation rooms, and inmate circulation areas. Construction involved interfacing with the existing facility, security detention controls, and select demolition as well.
“The project costs were kept low during the entire project and the Detention Center was completed ahead of the projected construction schedule. CAM helped minimize the impact on operation of the existing facility in a high profile area. They worked well with the extremely tight site. Vince Culotta and h is staff displayed excellent workmanship and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Wilson R. Rutherford III, owner