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ROSEVILLE, CALIF. — St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Cos. has broken ground for a $98 million Adult Correctional Facility in Roseville. The property, which totals nearly 200,000 square feet, is located in the Bill Santucci Justice Center at 10800 Industrial Ave. The development's first phase will be complete by 2013.

“Construction of this facility is possible because of the wisdom of past boards of supervisors, who recognized the need for future facilities, required developers to pay impact fees and set aside funding over the years to pay for this necessary infrastructure,” F.C. Rockholm, the chairman of the Placer County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “Our communities will be safer as a result of these wise decisions.”

Phase I of the project includes space for 390 beds — 120 of which will be reserved for minimum-security inmates. The facility will also feature a medical unit, administration offices, intake and booking rooms, a correctional kitchen and additional support structures. Future expansions may include a government-funded courtroom. Omaha, Neb.-based HDR Architects designed the project to achieve LEED-Silver certification.

To further enhance the government's inmate processing time, the new facility will be connected to the South Placer Courthouse via a tunnel. The Adult Correctional Facility will replace the nearby Placer County Government Center, which currently houses minimum-security convicts and will be demolished when the new development is complete.

“The new jail will not only allow us to house more inmates, but it will enhance public safety by decreasing the time our police officers, deputies and other law enforcement officers spend transporting and booking arrestees into the facility,” Sheriff Ed Bonner said in a statement.

— J. Howard Ross

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