A new jail for Becker County

Becker County Jail

Detroit Lakes, MN
General Contractor:
Klein McCarthy
Paulson & Clark Engineering
Becker County

The county was under state order to either close or replace its 43-bed maximum security jail at the courthouse. A decision was made to construct the new jail on a nearly-17-acre pie-shaped piece of land that was previously empty except for a former gravel pit. The $16 million jail is being built to house approximately 180 inmates.

Becker County’s new jail layout will be a two-level pod design. The pie-shaped pods allow separation of various categories of prisoners, and give staff in the central control area a clear view of the entire facility, which is safer for guards and inmates alike. This design allows plumbers and electricians to work on cells from a rear service corridor, rather than entering the cells as they currently do.

The new jail will continue local programs that help inmates get their high school equivalency degree or work on drug and alcohol problems.

Wells Concrete provided more than 62,000 sq. ft of precast concrete for this project, including 131 architectural insulated wall panel members boasting an acid etch and sandblast finish.  Structural Wall panels and hollowcore plank were also used in construction of the jail.

Product Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall Panels 22,643 sq. ft. 131
Structural Wall Panels 3,294 sq. ft. 16
Hollowcore 36,356 sq. ft. 392


For more information about this project, contact Mike Mortensen or Rick Hodek.