Dec. 2, 2010
A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the new Nye County Jail in Pahrump, Nev. that will replace a vastly overcrowded facility. Layton Construction will build the new 225-bed jail, which is expected to be complete in April 2012.
"This is a great opportunity for us," Bruce McDonough, Layton Construction vice president, said in an interview with local Pahrump TV station KPVM-TV. "We're excited to be a part of this project. It will be a big boost to this community."
The existing jail has the capacity to hold only 37 inmates, but has housed as many as 61. Inmates are regularly transported to Tonopah to await trail in Pahrump due to overcrowding.
The housing pod and exterior of the new jail will consist of precast concrete walls. The cells themselves are prefabricated concrete cells that will be transported to Nevada via railcar, trucked to the project site and erected in place. Layton has used the prefab cells with great success on other recent jail projects, including the Davis County Jail Expansion in Farmington, Utah that was completed in 2006 and the Uintah County Public Safety Complex in Vernal, Utah, completed earlier this year.
A future phase to the new jail may come later. According to McDonough, the master plan for the design of the facility is such that the administration and support areas (including the kitchen and laundry areas) are sized to accommodate the addition of a housing pod with another 250 beds.
Layton is hoping to use local workers as much as possible in the construction of the new jail. "We want to do as much as we can to include the local subcontracting community and the vendors and suppliers that are here local," McDonough said. "We think it's important to do that. We've worked in a lot of small communities in the past and recognize the need to try and involve them."
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