Modular Building Institute

Death Row Psychiatric Clinic

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Modern Building Systems, Inc.
Salem, OR
Building Use:
Counselling & Offices for OSP
Gross Size of Project:
6840 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    Oregon State Penitentiary had the need for a new behavioral health clinic to aid inmates with mental and behavioral illnesses, because of this addition these inmates are now allowed double the free time outside of their cells than previously with the help of treatment and classes this facility is able to provide. The facility was designed with the help of prison staff in a circular fashion with a central security space to safely move prisoners and promote safety for everyone in the facility. There are two physicians’ offices, a counselor’s office and four treatment classrooms to provide aid for the inmates. The interior and exterior finishes match the existing buildings on site to keep the old and new building looking uniform.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Death Row access Sally Ports, the secure entryway that consists of a series of gates, made this project more difficult than others; Modern used a 360 ton Liebherr crane with a 150 foot vertical lift to hoist the modules over the prison walls onto the foundation as it was impossible to get modules through the Sally Ports. Armed guards, multiple crane operators, and Moderns crew all wore headphones in order to communicate and coordinate the blind lift over the 40 foot high prison wall. The classroom desks were mounted to 4 inch solid floor and had arm and leg restraints to eliminate any inmate movement. One way glass was used for observation in classrooms and treatment rooms. Attack resistant walls were designed to keep guards safe from stabbings.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Modular construction allowed the onsite time to be minimized from a 16 month time frame to 28 days, the reduction of on-site construction resulted in enormous savings. With the extreme security protocols related to delivering materials and tools in and out of the prison daily, checking all tools and materials in and out, counts and paperwork that took 45 minutes twice a day, as well as background checks and orientation for all personnel on site. Only tools in use were allowed out, all others were locked up until needed, all hand tools were removed daily and checked out and back in the next day this made modular the obvious choice for this project. The accelerated completion schedule over “site built” not only saved cost, but dramatically reduced the disruptions to daily activities inside the prison and added to the safety of security and administrative professionals. Successful use of offsite construction for this project has lead OSP to look into using this method on future projects.
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