Firm selected for jail construction
Kitchell, a Phoenix-based construction management firm, has been selected to provide construction management services for the new $68 million county jail in Porterville.
The firm has reportedly managed dozens of Tulare County projects totaling more than $110 million over nearly three decades, adding to the company’s growing portfolio of justice/corrections work.
“This is a testament to our enduring relationship with Tulare County, dating back to 1984 with the Bob Wiley Detention Facility,” said Kitchell President Russ Fox in a news release issued Wednesday. “Our experience with the county and our expertise in AB900 were critical in our selection, and we look forward to putting that knowledge to work as this project comes to fruition.”
Built on a 15-acre site on the northwest corner of Scranton Avenue and Newcomb Street, the 500-bed jail will include 14 specialty-health beds within 120,000 square feet. The project is funded by Phase II of the AB900 Jail Construction Financing Program, a 2007 law that appropriated $1.2 billion in jail construction funding through state lease-revenue bonds. The remaining $8 million in project costs will be financed by Tulare County.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016 and complete in 2018, and HOK, a global firm with Canada-based offices, will provide design services, the press release further states.
Other notable justice/corrections projects by Kitchell include the California Healthcare Facility in Stockton, the Twin Cities Police Headquarters in Larkspur, the Portola/Loyalton Courthouse in Portola, and the South County Courthouse in Monterey County.