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JBLM’s New Regional Confinement Facility Showcases Design-Build Collaboration

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA — The framework of a 66,000-square-foot facility is taking shape at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a new regional confinement facility designed to meet the updated standards and regulations of the U.S. Army. The Walsh Group and DLR Group are utilizing a design-build approach to replace the base’s existing structure with a new 165-bed correctional facility with its own power plant and integrated perimeter security fence.

“Our team hit the ground running, and quickly progressed into the design development phase. Each partner brought specific areas of expertise that complemented each other, further enhancing our team’s partnership and vision of what a successful project would look like,” said Julio Iguina, Project Executive with The Walsh Group.

Walsh and DLR are also working with Oldcastle Infrastructure Modular Group to supply 104 precast cell units for the housing pods. The precast cells are fabricated off-site, then delivered to the jobsite for assembly and installation. This prefabrication process yields value engineering, budgeting, and schedule benefits that are helping to drive the project toward successful completion.

Walsh and DLR remain on track for project completion in fall 2022. An accelerated schedule, prefabricated materials, safe work environments, and installations free of re-work have kept the project on schedule to date.

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