BIBB COUNTY

ADULT DETENTION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER
Macon, GA

FAST FACTS
  • $5 million, 192 bed detention center.
  • 29,500 square feet.
  • $25 million addition to existing jail.
THE FULL STORY

FDG and Macon-based Dunwody/Beeland Architects were selected as Justice Planner and Lead Designer to study the jail’s long-range needs and develop options for expansion, renovation and remodeling of the existing facility. Since opening in 1980 with a rated capacity of 375 inmates, the Bibb County Jail has been expanded over the years to currently provide housing for 585 inmates, without expansion of any of the supportive operational infrastructure.

The Commissioners approved a multi-phased expansion plan proposed by the study that included a new 192-bed minimum security Detention Center and warehouse that confined inmates who worked either within the Jail, with the County’s outside work detail, or at regular day jobs. The 29,500-SF Detention Center has a pre-engineered structural steel frame with metal siding, and an insulated metal roof. The building will contain four, 48-bed housing units and has a construction cost of $5 million.

The Commissioners also approved the construction of a $25 million addition to the existing jail to provide 264 beds of medium-security inmate housing on two levels. The steel cell modular housing units are adjacent to all new support functions, including intake/booking, kitchen, laundry, medical and visitation services, which replaced the undersized functions in the existing jail.

The renovation of the vacated spaces is used for additional administrative functions, staff services, inmate program, and storage is also planned.