Pima County Jail Expansion

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.

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


Tucson, AZ


County of Pima



Construction Cost

$31 million




147,000 SF New
19,000 SF Remodel