Pontotoc County Commissioners ~ Pontotoc County Justice Center

Ada, Oklahoma

Project Description

Boldt was selected as the general contractor for the new Pontotoc County Justice Center. Construction of the Justice Center interfaces with the Pontotoc County fairgrounds and all areas remained operational throughout the construction process.

The new jail was originally designed to house 152 inmates with room for expansion, but officials elected to create the expansion now rather than later when the price of materials might be higher. The facility is now capable of housing 200 inmates.

The jail lobby is large and is bordered by a courtroom, secure receptionist area and a special room where visitors of jail inmates can sit and talk through “video visitation.” There were several different dorms designed which inmates are placed in accordance to their individual threat level. Those who are in minor offenses are kept in dorms designed with more freedoms, compared to serious offenders who have cells designed with vault-like security doors.

Communication has played a big part in the success of this project. Boldt coordinated with the city of Ada for voluntary inspections throughout the building process. Daily communication with the board helped to ensure that the owner was getting exactly what they needed. Boldt took the time to understand the owner’s needs and helped to make changes to benefit the owner. They conducted regular meetings on the project site for the sheriff and commissioners to tour the project and explained the finished product.

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Architects in Partnership (AIP)

Boldt's Role

General Contractor, Fast Track

Key Points

  • Boldt relocated the site utilities to allow access around the building once complete. This will also allow for easier expansion in the future.
  • There were some security corridors that were not drawn to be secure. Boldt helped in the design of metal walls above the ceiling to create a secure corridor.