The chief design priority was that the facility allow KJJA to rebalance its human resources and devote more staff to programs and fewer officers to supervision and guard duty.
KJJA retained Buford Goff and Associates Inc., of Columbia, S.C., to design an integrated system of institutional door control, access control, closed-circuit television (CCTV) monitoring and communications.
At some point, KJJA hopes to handle court conferences from the facility to eliminate the need to escort residents to court.
KJJA hopes to decrease the cost by $500,000 with value engineering.
In comparison, the $29.9 million current budget for the new KJJA facility produces a cost per bed of $133,234 and a cost per square foot of $159.07 -- more per bed, but less per square foot.