The Richmond Justice Center was built to replace a deteriorating jail that had severe maintenance problems and was chronically overcrowded. This design/build project required over 2,000 pieces of precast concrete, including nearly 200 modular housing units.
Owner: City of Richmond
Architect: HOK Architects
Engineer: ReStl Designers, Inc.
Contractors: Turner Construction Company, S.B. Ballard Construction Company, T.K. Davis Construction, Inc.
Seeking to find a distinct budget and schedule advantage over other prospective systems, the joint venture team of Tompkins Builders, S.B. Ballard Construction Company and T.K. Davis Construction, Inc., began working with HOK Architects, ReStl Designers, Inc., structural engineers and the precast experts at Tindall Corporation to develop framing and cladding approaches to the complex building.
Initially, the project was conceived as a cast-in-place concrete podium supporting a precast concrete frame and precast concrete cell modules. However, further study lead to consideration of a total precast concrete structure that could achieve significant savings over other proposed systems and promised to shorten the project schedule by several months.
Led by the precast concrete design and manufacturing expertise of Tindall Corporation and its specialty engineer, the Consulting Engineers Group of Chicago, IL, the total precast system began to take shape.
By using a robust system of precast concrete columns and transfer girders at the base level of the structure, the originally conceived cast-in-place podium was able to be replicated in precast concrete without the need for prolonged forming and shoring phases. Additionally, this approach allowed the project’s crane to move within the footprint of the structure as it set beams, walls, double tees, and modular cells throughout the full height of the building. Having this unfettered access within the building permitted the crane to stay much closer to its loads, and thus resulted in a significant reduction in its required capacity.
The 8-level jail was fully erected in seven months and includes two administration levels, six housing levels, and over 400,000 square feet of usable floor space, much of it pre-finished.
Upon completion of the jail, Richmond sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. praised Tindall for building a facility that complements the community and its surroundings.
Tindall incorporated a number of architectural elements into the precast components of the Richmond Justice Center. All exterior walls incorporate sandblasted and pigmented concrete along with thin brick to create an array of surface textures, while precast fins on the roof add a distinctive architectural flair.
By including an architectural face mix and cast-in brick veneer, the exterior skin meets all technical and aesthetic requirements in a single economical system.
With an eye toward maximum thermal efficiency, the entire façade of the Richmond Justice Center was created with insulated precast concrete walls that also served an integral structural purpose for the overall stability of the system. In the housing area of the project, the exterior walls of the precast concrete cell modules were fully insulated to preserve the building’s thermal envelope.
The multi-functional nature of the exterior precast components and modular cell units offers a clear advantage that consolidates multiple trades and systems into a single unit.
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Our partnership with Tindall Corporation as the pre-cast manufacturer on the Richmond City Justice Center project has been an absolute success. Immediately following contract award, the team worked through design, fabrication, delivery, and erection with the interests and vision of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office as its focal point. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with you and other Tindall representatives considering every possible detail. From modular cell interiors to delivery of product...your team of professionals worked to assist and ensure success.
The Richmond CIty Justice Center project required erection on our existing site and in very close proximity to the existing facility. This occurred on schedule and without interruption to this Agency's commitment to those committed to custody, our public access, and public safety.
Today the Richmond City Justice Center is occupied and operational. It complements the community and its surroundings, standing in stark contrast to the old "City Jail". RCJC, an impressive six story structure, offers functionality with inviting professional entrances for public and guest access. Additionally, the structure provides service access that is both safe and secure for Law Enforcement personnel. The staff of the Richmond City Sheriff's Office and certainly the citizens of the City of Richmond can be proud of what we have accomplished here at the new Richmond City Justice Center.
— C.T. Woody, Jr., Sheriff of Richmond City Justice Center