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A CCA Prison In the Valley of the Sun

Known in the 1940s as “The Town Tougher Than Tombstone,” Eloy, AZ, now enjoys a reputation that has gone from lawlessness to law-abiding with the construction of its fourth correctional facility—the La Palma Correctional Center. With a population of only 8,000, the number of residents in Eloy just about equals that of the prisoners, who arrive from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. Owned and operated by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA), the largest provider of corrections management services to government agencies, these facilities are adding jobs and stimulating the economy in this small desert town.

Having already completed three facilities for CCA provided Berg with insight into how the corrections-management giant operates, but Berg’s real benefit to the La Palma team was the extensive prefabrication and detailing know-how that made the extreme schedule possible for this 3,060-bed prison.

In addition to being responsible for the underground electrical, Berg provided detailing for the utility chases feeding each cell, precast walls and overhead lighting. Our Quality Assurance Management Team provided the confidence for our field crews to quickly connect electrical supply in the chases while avoiding potential conflicts with other trades.

Size
400,000 square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$4.2 Million

Duration
December 2007 – January 2009

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
JE Dunn Construction
DLR Group
SKC Electrical

Berg Regional Office
Phoenix

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