A new jail for Clay County

Clay County Jail

Moorhead, MN
General Contractor:
Construction Engineers Inc.
Klein McCarthy Architects
Paulson & Clark Engineering, Inc.
Clay County

The County has outgrown their existing jail, as well as the joint Law Enforcement Center County Sheriff and City Police Department and therefore needed to make plans for an expansion. The $53 million facility will replace the current jail, which is the oldest county jail in Minnesota. The new jail was designed for 188 beds, consisting of multiple housing units, utilizing both direct and indirect staff supervision. The facility will contain inmate programs, medical areas, laundry, food service, intake/release and also a secure courts holding area. The new jail will be connected to an existing underground inmate transfer tunnel that links to the nearby County Courthouse, and the new Joint Law Enforcement Center will have access to this tunnel as well. Construction began in the spring of 2017 and will be completed in the fall of 2018.

Wells Concrete provided more than 700 pieces of precast concrete, including exterior architectural wall panels with a beautiful thin brick, acid etch and sandblast finish, as well as interior structural wall panels, beams, columns, double tee roof panels,  and Ultra-Span hollowcore.


Product Sq. Ft. # Pieces
Beam 386 7
Column 342 8
Double Tee 30,612 61
Flat Architectural 34,854 166
Flat Structural 2,757 19
Hollowcore 33,319 442


Keep an eye on our progress by viewing daily updates with construction cameras.  Also, thanks to Construction Engineers, watch how the project started back in July 2017.

For more information about this project, contact Mike Mortensen.