CDCR Salinas Valley State Prison

Client: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

Size: 36,783 sq. ft.

Cost: $21,020,188

Completion: August 2009

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Location: Soledad, CA

Service: Programming, Construction Administration

Principal-in-Charge: Eric Fadness

General Contractor: Roebbelen

Mechanical Engineering: Capital Engineering Consultants

Electrical Engineering: CB Engineers

Structural Engineering: CYS Engineer

Civil Engineering: CH2MHill

LEED: Green Building Services

Geotechnical: Espana

Security: CB Engineers

Cost Estimating: Sierra West

Corrosion: JHNolt

Equipment: Criterion


The design of the SVSP 64-bed Mental Health Treatment Facility achieved many firsts for the State of California CDCR. The building design was developed as a prototype for future facilities and is based on a therapeutic community model for mental health treatment. It is the first LEED certified facility for CDCR, achieving a LEED Silver rating and is the first prison facility in the State to utilize a state-of-the art vacuum plumbing system to significantly reduce water usage and sewage conveyance.

This facility is a licensed mental health treatment facility for inmate patients. Although the residents are CDCR inmates, their status as “patients” is a treatment priority. Appropriate and humane treatment, with the goal of stabilizing these patients so they can return to a less restrictive housing and treatment environment, is the operating philosophy. The plan is organized to facilitate treatment of intermediate care inmate/patients in a three phase program. Sixty four single occupancy patient rooms are grouped into four wings of 16 rooms each and organized around a nursing and treatment core that includes nursing support services, group therapy rooms and a group dining room. Corridors and support services are arranged to maximize visibility from the nursing stations and the officers station to allow for safe, secure and efficient movement of patients through the daily treatment regimen. As a testament to the success of this design, there have been no reported incidents of violence or injury to staff or inmates within facility.

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  • 2010 – Western Council of Construction Consumers – Distinguished Project Award
  • 2010 – AIA AAJ Justice Facilities Award