- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Construction has begun on the foundation of the new $27.6 million Jackson County jail, and the county has set the ground breaking ceremony for Feb. 26.

The contractor is Caddell of Montgomery, Ala.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1gp21fI ) the company has set up office trailers, placed silt screens to manage storm water erosion and completed drilling two test pilings for the foundation.

Chris Lunsford, architect with the project, said that when load-bearing tests are complete, the contractor may be able to shorten the depth for the rest of the pilings and save the county some money.

The 104,000-square-foot building will take up most of the odd-shaped lot. The jail will be a pre-engineered metal building with pre-fabricated cells that lock individually. The entrance will be along Fair Street and there will be a brick facade at the entrance. Part of the building will be two-story. The jail will have 752 beds, with an option to add 60 more.

The project will employ 150 construction workers with a projected completion date of spring 2015.

The new jail has been two decades in coming. During that time, the existing jail, built in the 1970s, has been chronically overcrowded.

Last summer, county supervisors threw out construction bids and fired the architect. They hired Burk-Kleinpeter-Lunsford architects and engineers to take over the project, rebid and hired Caddell, the company that also was the low bidder last summer.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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