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Construction to add 204 beds at the Adult Detention Center to begin in November

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently awarded a $39-million contract to Branch and Associates to expand the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center by 204 beds. Construction is expected to start in November and continue through December 2019. Occupancy is scheduled for early 2020, according to a news release from Prince William County government.

Adding the 204 beds will cost approximately $44 million, which includes $5 million already spent on design. Taxpayers will foot the bill for project through a combination of county financing, facilities capital reserve and general fund contributions and $21 million from state coffers. The state has agreed to reimburse the county $21 million to help pay for the expansion, according to the news release.

The lowest bid, submitted by Branch and Associates originally came in at $40 million. While the bid was within the budget for construction costs, it did not allow for outfitting the jail, the warranty of the project and project completion. The Prince William County Department of Public Works negotiated with the bidder, and those negotiations, coupled with engineering changes, resulted in a $1.3-million cost reduction.

In order to get the 50 percent construction cost reimbursement from the state, the Adult Detention Center, or ADC, had to have a community-based corrections study, said Col. Pete Meletis, superintendent of the ADC. The plan, which was completed in 2014, showed that continued growth over the last 10 years has made the expansion necessary.

According to Meletis, “It looked at our current state of the number of inmates we have on the complex, and it studied how many future beds we’ll need on the complex. It’s all based on inmate numbers. We’re currently over our state-rated capacity of 667 by about 300.” The 967 includes inmates who are “farmed out to other facilities.”

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