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Riverbend Correctional Facility

Location: Baldwin County, GA

Client: The GEO Group

Project Scope:

  • Design Build
  • Surveying
  • Site Layout
  • Environmental Permitting for Freshwater Streams
  • Site Design
  • Permitting - Local, State, Federal
  • Construction Phase Services
  • Off-Site Water Supply & Sewer Improvements
  • Elevated Water Tank

Project Description:

Riverbend, a 2012 Design-Build Institute of America Honor Award recipient, is a 74-acre, 1,500-bed correctional facility located in Baldwin County, GA. The facility was designed to comply with the State of Georgia Department of Corrections’ requirements for medium security facilities. The facility was developed on property owned by the State of Georgia under a 40-year lease agreement. The facility is owned and operated by The GEO Group.

THOMAS & HUTTON is the Civil Engineer for the 74-acre, 2,500-bed correctional facility located in Baldwin County, GA. The facility is designed in accordance with state of Georgia requirements for medium security facilities. The facility will is owned and operated by The GEO Group. Our responsibilities included site layout, surveying, environmental delineations and permitting for freshwater streams, evaluation of existing water and sewer systems, site design, permitting, and construction phase services. Existing site topography required mass grading of over 700,000 yards of soil.

The project includes a water booster pump station, a 400,000-gallon elevated water tank, 6,000 linear feet of 12-inch water improvements to serve the facility, significant off-site sewer improvements, including 5,500 linear feet of 12-inch gravity sewer replacement, and the installation of an Auger Monster bar screen device that serves both Riverbend and the neighboring Baldwin State Prison. The facility opened two months ahead of its scheduled January 2012 completion date.