HOUSTON – Harris County has awarded Clark/Horizon, A Joint Venture, the $78 million Harris County Joint Processing Center in Houston.
The three-story center will combine both county and city inmate processing to streamline government operations and the criminal justice process. The 250,000 square-foot facility will contain detainee processing areas, temporary holding cells, medical health services, arraignment courtrooms, a 585-bed short-term inmate housing area, and operation areas for both the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Houston Police Department.
Clark/Horizon’s scope of work includes the construction of a concrete structure, complete with a brick façade and ribbon windows. The interior walls will contain security glazing at all detention areas to meet jail security standards. The joint venture team also will construct a secure-zone tunnel system under an active roadway to connect the Joint Processing Center to existing and future jail facilities. Additionally, Clark/Horizon will pave a new road on the north side of the facility to provide access to the north entrance.
The Harris County Joint Processing Center is designed to achieve LEED® certification.
The joint venture team is currently is providing preconstruction services; construction is scheduled to begin in April 2015. Substantial completion is slated for March 2017.