Bexar County Adult Detention Center

buildings

Corrections

USA

Texas Division

Bexar County’s jail, located on the banks of the San Pedro Creek in downtown San Antonio, was set to be demolished in an effort to redevelop the area. As part of this, over 500 inmates were to be transferred to Bexar County Jail’s main complex, creating the need for a substantial increase in both space, beds, and facilities. When the county created the RFP for this project, Butler-Cohen engaged Tindall early in the design process to help create a superior, more efficient solution to what the bridging documents displayed — a total precast structure that would reduce both foundation costs and the construction timeline by six months. This collaborative effort helped win Butler-Cohen the project.

Owner

County of Bexar

Architect

Muñoz & Company

Contractor

Butler-Cohen

Location

San Antonio, TX

Better building through collaboration.

From there, Tindall and Butler-Cohen moved forward, carefully designing and creating a new 100,000-square-foot total precast tower. This addition to the existing facility included 500 additional beds, plus more classrooms and medical space that would be used to evaluate detainees for potential pretrial diversion programs. The structure also contained large dormitories with ample program space designed to prepare inmates for reentry into society and reduce recidivism.

After the initial award, the owner added another level to the building, the magistrate facility on level one. Tindall’s engineering team developed a system that utilized columns and transfer beams to support load-bearing wall panels above the first floor to provide the requested open floor plan, a solution that was both cost effective and swift to construct. Apart from nine panels that were left out to allow the contractor access to load construction materials, this five-story structure was erected in just two months. Despite facing unforeseen challenges due to volatile site conditions, Tindall and Butler-Cohen were able to erect the structure six months faster than originally requested.

Tindall Corporation Corrections Precast Concrete Bexar County Correctional Construction Facility San Antonio Texas
Tindall Corporation Corrections Precast Concrete Bexar County Correctional Exterior Facility San Antonio Texas
Tindall Corporation Corrections Precast Concrete Bexar County Correctional Construction Facility San Antonio Texas

More Project Information

Specifications
  • 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion
  • Five-story, total precast tower
  • Structure included new magistrate facility
  • Roughly 500 additional beds
Finishes
  • Reveals with painted exterior
Components
  • Wall panels
  • Insulated wall panels
  • Columns
  • Beams
  • Double tees
  • Flat slabs