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Will County Adult Detention Facility Expansion and Renovation

Gilbane completed a 232,846 SF renovation and expansion of occupied jail in Joliet.

complex renovation and expansion of occupied jail facility

Gilbane, as part of a joint venture, constructed Will County’s Adult Detention Facility expansion project in Joliet, Illinois. This project utilized phased construction in a functioning jail environment where operations had to be maintained at all times. The project team also achieved 40% local trade participation.

The expansion’s design is a “podular” style, which clusters the inmates’ cells around a common day room, exercise area and visitation room. The facility’s south expansion includes six new modular/direct supervision housing pods, each with a 56-bed capacity; a new healthcare building; a low security/male tender dorm and a new healthcare clinic. The north expansion consists of a new sally port, intake and booking area on the first floor and a work release facility on the second floor.

The facility also includes classrooms for a G.E.D. program, allowing inmates to obtain their high school diploma; renovations and expansions to the kitchen, laundry area, staff areas as well as inmate intake areas; and a new video visitation building.

Client Value

Due to the success of this complex renovation and expansion, Gilbane has maintained a strong 10-year relationship with Will County. This project also led to Will County awarding Gilbane the construction of a new courthouse in Joliet, which is currently under construction.

“This was a top-notch management team and an overall outstanding group from the on-site team to the corporate team… always available and very competent.” – Mel Rull, Executive Director; Will County Public Building Commission