Williams County Jail

Williston, ND

Rapidly expanding Williams County (with a County seat in Williston, ND) determined it was time to expand their overcrowded jail and Law Enforcement Center facility located downtown. As the inmate population of the original jail began to exceed its 112-bed capacity when it opened in 2009, due to the surge of workers to the oil fields in this region of the country, the County set out to increase the maximum number of inmates the facility could house and provide additional space while remaining operational throughout construction.

The new three story addition provides expanded space for law enforcement and various other county and state departments, including new office and support areas, a vehicle sallyport and indoor vehicle storage garage, and evidence processing. In addition, the new detion area has five (5) new 2-story dayroom spaces, three (3) new separate 2-story indoor recreation areas, four (4) new dining and multi-purpose rooms, a new larger visitation area with an expanded waiting lobby, mechanical and storage spaces, and a new master control room with passive and direct views of the housing areas. The expanded jail housing on the upper two levels adds 110 beds, nearly doubling the jail’s original capacity and provides larger inmate recreation and dining areas absent in the original building. Skylights set within the exposed double tee roof structure provides natural lighting in the inmate occupied dayroom and housing areas. The facility as a whole has now doubled the different inmate classifications it can accommodate from 5 to 10, thus helping with growing behavioral and mental health initiatives within correctional facilities.

Use of double-bunked premanufactured cell modules and exterior precast walls helped control costs in a booming construction market and sensitive planning helped minimize the footprint in a limited downtown site surrounded by local businesses and homes, yet still allowed for future expansion to the north. Included in the new office areas is new individual offices on all three floors, larger conference rooms, an additional staff elevator, separate exterior entrances to different departments, and an 8,000 square foot interior parking garage and evidence processing area.

Wells Concrete provided more than 36,000 square feet of precast concrete including double tee roof pieces (left exposed within the jail dayroom spaces) and insulated exterior wall panels.  The wall panels boasted a beautiful combination of acid etch, sandblast, and waterwash finishes while maintaining a sensitive aesthetic to the surrounding community and homes nearby.

Building Size: 59,600 sq. ft.
Construction Cost: $21,800,000
Precast Concrete Cost: $1,089,522
Precast Concrete 24” Double Tee Roof: 5,283 sq. ft., 20 members
Precast Concrete 32” Double Tee Roof: 13,399 sq. ft., 22 members
Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panels: 18,040 sq. ft., 51 members with an acid etch, sandblast and waterwash finish.

Design-Build Efficiency: Precast concrete offered an efficient delivery model for this project, allowing building construction to proceed while the design is developed.

Reduced Costs: Precast concrete products are manufactured off-site, in a temperature controlled building and are delivered ready to install when needed. This innovative process compresses project schedules, reduces safety concerns, reduces site disruption and reduces overall project costs by requiring fewer trades for construction and fewer people on-site.

Environment Friendly: Precast concrete structures are completely recyclable, making their impact on the environment minimal. Precast concrete satisfies a growing demand for sustainable design and construction.

Energy Efficient: Costs associated with heating and cooling can be greatly reduced through concrete’s thermal mass benefits. Reduced peak heating and cooling loads can be achieved because concrete reacts slowly to changes in outside temperature.

Low Maintenance: Precast concrete panels provide a long service life due to their durable, low-maintenance surfaces. The exterior of a precast concrete structure can be left unpainted without damage from the elements. Precast concrete interiors are less subject to damage and easier to wash. Construction with concrete exterior and interior walls provides long-term durability inside and out, and precast concrete construction also provides the opportunity to move and reuse panels to refurbish the building, rather than tear it down, should its use or function change.

Sound Control: Because of concrete’s density, precast buildings absorb sound, providing a buffer between outdoor noise and the indoor environment, and making it an ideal choice for government buildings.

Element Resistant: Precast concrete structures provide superior resistance to fires, natural disasters, insects, and mold. Like no other building material, its resistance to wind damage, fire, floods, earthquakes, termites, decay, mold and mildew provides lower maintenance and insurance costs. Vermin and insects cannot destroy concrete because it is inedible. Concrete is noncombustible and can contain a fire within boundaries. As a separation wall, precast concrete helps prevent fire from spreading throughout a building or jumping from building to building.


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Mike Mortensen

Regional Sales Manager
701.478.1293