JE Dunn Construction Completes Larimer County Jail Improvement Project

Larimer County Jail ribbon cutting ceremony, courtesy of JE Dunn.

JE Dunn Construction recently completed new construction and renovation on the Larimer County Jail campus in partnership with the Larimer County Jail, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, and DLR Group. Delivered in four phases, the 137,719-square-foot project included the delivery of a new housing tower, new kitchen and laundry facilities, new booking and work release areas, several staff support spaces, and a new central utility plant designed to accommodate future campus expansion and modernization.

“The Larimer County Jail Improvement project truly embodies their goal to serve those in need and provide a safe place for individuals. Every aspect of the facility provides for visibility, dignity, and respect for the incarcerated. We are proud that this project will be a beacon for other facilities and lead the industry toward more modern practices that allow the flexibility to best manage the people in their care. Of note was the focus on officer and staff wellness through the incorporation of natural light, appropriate finishes, and safe decompression spaces. For those incarcerated, the facility provides for a wide variety of inmate classifications and includes facilities for mental health and medical treatment to provide holistic care which will help reduce recidivism,” states DLR Group.

The project focuses on restorative justice with open dormitory-style housing, centrally located medical facilities, and uniquely utilizes natural light through all three stories of the new housing tower, kitchen, and laundry room. In addition to modernized jail staff training areas, the existing Sheriff’s Office building has been connected to the new construction physically and metaphorically creating a bridge between the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the Larimer County Jail.

In addition to the successful delivery of the project is the successful partnership developed during the process. JE Dunn Vice President, Matt Betts, mentions, “One thing that really set this project apart from others is the team’s desire for continuous improvement. For every major milestone, we come together as a whole team, not only with leadership but with everyone from every firm. We looked at what we did really well and tried to learn from the things that didn’t go well. The team’s culture of continuous improvement really made this a really high-performing team.”

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