Government + Justice

UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY
Atwater, California

This 22-building correctional complex, features a maximum security housing complex and a low security camp facility. Over 1,000 insulated sandwich, tilt-up concrete wall panels doubling as vertical load bearing elements and seismic/wind shear walls supported by strip foundations were employed in the facility. The design was subsequently adapted and re-used for D/B delivery of a federal penitentiary in Victorville. Completed in 2000, at a cost of $92M. The site was the former Castle Air Force Base.

Architects: HOK
Contractor: Hensel Phelps

The Atwater Federal Penitentiary & Prison Camp is located in Atwater, California. The client was the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The type of construction was primarily insulated sandwich, tilt-up concrete wall panels doubling as vertical load bearing elements and seismic/wind shear walls supported by strip foundations. The roof construction was open web joists supporting non-composite steel deck.