Pima County Jail Expansion
Tucson, AZ

Project Overview

Vanir's leadership and construction management services led to the completion of new construction, renovation, and additions to existing buildings at the Pima County jail. The new facility added 750 beds and the renovations included a major security system upgrade.

Value Engineering Equals Value Added

Vanir’s value engineering workshop focused on how to simplify construction and respond to phased construction of renovations in the existing facility while maintaining operations. A key recommendation was to revise the blocking and stacking to consolidate all cell areas vertically. This allowed construction of the new intake area to proceed more quickly, allowing for early occupancy and initiation of construction of the new lobby/entry area that was a lynchpin of unifying the complex.

This effort resulted in simplified construction, reduced costs, facilitated phasing and allowed for earlier delivery of critical components of the project.

Fostering Collaboration, Fostering Success

"A key aspect of the success of the project was the quality of the individuals assigned by Vanir and their focus on finding solutions - not just identifying problems for others to solve. In an environment of mutual respect, we were able to partner together as a team to meet and exceed the goals of the County."

-Andrew Cupples
AIA, Design Principal, DMJM

An Award Winning Project
  • 2005 Kemper Goodwin Award from the American Institute of Architects, Arizona Chapter
  • 2006 Certificate of Merit for the Justice Facilities Review from the American Institute of Architects, national
County of Pima
147,000 sq ft. of new
19,000 sq ft. of remodel
$31 million

Last change: 04/15/2010