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Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility (Merit)

Lincoln, Nebraska


The 289,000 square foot facility has a capacity of 781 beds (588 male, 145 female and 48 swing). The direct supervision facility utilizes 64 bed, double-celled general housing units and 48 bed, minimum security dormitories and includes 108 special needs (mental health) beds and 56 special management beds. The facility is organized on two inmate movement levels taking advantage of the sloped site. The lower level houses the kitchen, laundry, building service, staff entry and support, and the single level minimum security dorms and special needs beds. The upper level includes the vehicle sallyport, intake, holding, public entry, records, visiting, medical, general double-tiered housing and special management units. The administration area is located at the second level above the public entry and visiting. All housing units have decentralized programs and services including outdoor recreation, multi-purpose and video visiting. The minimum security dormitory units are separated by work release (outside security) and inside security units, each side with common dining, recreational and educational areas. The general housing pods utilize stacked modular precise, double cell units. Load bearing precast is also used extensively. The facility incorporates extensive sustainable strategies including geothermal wells but does not plan to target LEED certification. The site is master planned to expand to 1896 beds and includes an energy plant and shared county warehouse facility.



Lancaster County Board of Commissioners


Type of facility


Type of construction


Site Area

17 acres

Area of building

289,000 SF

Total cost of construction


Status of Project




The Clark Enersen Partners

PSA-Dewberry Inc. (Associate Architects)

Structural engineer

The Clark Enersen Partners

Mechanical engineer

The Clark Enersen Partners

Electrical engineer

The Clark Enersen Partners

Civil engineer

HWS Consulting Group, Inc.

Programming consultant

Chinn Planning

Security consultant

Latta Technical Services, Inc.

Food service consultant

Foodlines, Inc.

Corrections interior consultants

Carlson West Povondra

Construction manager

Sampson Construction Company


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