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Corrections Corporation of America

Corrections Corporation of America

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Market: Institutional
Location: San Diego, CA


The construction of a new, privately funded prison facility, designed with LEED Silver certification standards, provided various challenges for California Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (CCS). The entire project consisted of over three miles of underground plumbing and piping and due to the complex nature of the structure, many of the areas under construction conflicted with building footings. Not only was the work considerably more intricate than normal, it was also required to be completed in a compressed time frame. CCS was ready to tackle these challenges.


The California Comfort Systems Team:

  • Provided extensive Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the planning stages of the project. 
  • Utilized pre-planning coordination efforts with site utilities and concrete contractors to manage difficult locations.
  • Coordinated and work closely with the other trades to deliver results. 

A Closer Look

The new Otay Mesa Detention Facility is 350,431 square feet, located on a 37 acre site and is designed to include 1,492 beds. It is also built to American Correctional Association (ACA) Adult Local Detention Standards. Since the facility is state-of-the-art, it will include Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. CCS highly contributed to this project by implementing BIM technology which uses 3D models to prevent construction conflicts.

The $11,425,000 contract was signed in November 2013. The CCS team then began working with the general contractor Sundt Construction to complete this project.  Pre-task planning was essential to completing the job and with its implementation, the project experienced greater success.   

The new prison facility required vigilant oversight by CCS in the infant stages of the project in order to ensure a win for the company.  This dedication to detail and careful planning resulted in the project being completed on schedule with minimal conflict between trades.