CCA Otay Mesa

Design Assist Approach for a LEED Correctional Facility

Bergelectric teamed with Sundt Construction to build a private detention center near San Diego, Calif., for Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The Sundt/Berg team won the project based on submitting the low qualified bid, as well as its significant jail construction experience and the work it has performed for CCA on the Red Rock Correctional Center expansion in Eloy, Ariz.

When completed in mid-2015, the new detention center will be a 350,000-square-foot, two-story facility located on a 35-acre site in Otay Mesa, Calif., just outside San Diego, near the Mexican border. CCA has contracted with the federal government to provide detention services to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Marshals departments.

Construction on the center, which includes 1,200 to 1,500 prisoner beds, a kitchen, dining hall, exercise yard, administrative space and courtrooms is expected to be completed in 2015.

As a state-of-the-art facility, this project will include Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and will utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, which uses 3D models to prevent construction conflicts.

350,000 square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$7.6 Million

November 2013 – Ongoing

Delivery Method
Design Assist


Other Team Members
Sundt Construction
DLR Group

Berg Regional Office
San Diego