Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility

Project overview

Vanir played a key role in delivering the multi-award-winning Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (LCDRF). Financed in part by a State of California jail grant, this unique campus formed a new way to rehabilitate inmates, while providing a safe, secure, durable, and low maintenance structure.

The LCDRF sits on a 45-acre site, housing all classification levels, including: 1,216 minimum, medium, and maximum security beds; 32 mental health beds; and 22 medical patient beds. The facility accommodates space for visitation, inmate programs, staff services, inmate receiving and transfer, administration, property storage, and a warehouse.

As the County’s first major design-build project and jail in over a decade, Vanir provided the right skillset to deliver expert knowledge in jail design, construction, and design-build management.

This was a tremendous team effort

Making it a priority to ensure every voice was heard, the Vanir team created an effective system to collect and resolve a total of 1,017 end user comments.

“Vanir staff…never lost sight of end user requirements and goals, and was a tireless advocate on behalf of the owner.”
Jody Mays, Director, Support Services, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department


  • LEED Certified Gold
  • 2016 DBIA Design-Build Project/Team Award for Design Excellence
  • 2015 CMAA National Project Achievement, New Construction, Greater than $100M
  • 2013 Academy of Architecture for Justice Facilities, Award of Excellence


Santee, California


County of San Diego Dept. of General Services

Design Team

KMD Architects
HMC Architects


Balfour Beatty Construction

Construction Cost

$221.5 million




464,000 SF