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At the start of the Jail 2 West Expansion, the Weld County North Jail Complex was 219,579 square feet and housed 779 beds. Roche Constructors completed the first phase of the Jail in 1996, the second phase in 2003, and the third phase in 2007. The design-build Jail 2 West Expansion is the fourth phase of the project and was completed in two parts — a three-story addition that added 130,296 square feet with 381 beds and a renovation of approximately 18,000 square feet in the existing building. The complex is now 347,105 square feet and houses 1,160 beds.
The addition is built on a load-bearing spread footing foundation system with a steel frame/composite slab and steel frame/braced joist building frame system. The building is a mirror image of the third expansion completed in 2007 with the addition of a third floor. The first floor is home to single-story cells for temporary inmates. The second floor contains the main area for the housing units, which are stack cells. The third floor has close watch cells, the master control area, and administration space including open offices and conference rooms.
The second phase of the project was the remodel of the existing kitchen/storage area. Scope of work included removal and adjustment of walls and doorways, moving dishwashing operations outside of the existing kitchen area, and rearranging and adding kitchen equipment to the current kitchen.