Sheriff Craig Webre updated the progress on the new jail project for Lafourche Parish on Monday with the announcement that property has been purchased for the new jail, and an architectural firm has been selected to design the facility.
The team of GraceHebert Architects/Duplantis Design Group has been tapped for the design of the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex which will be located on property purchased right across the street from the existing Lafourche Parish Detention Center.
“I am happy to announce that we’ve taken two major steps toward our goal of corrections reform in Lafourche Parish,” said Sheriff Webre. We have chosen a site within walking distance of our existing facility, and we have selected an architectural team that we believe truly understands our vision for the future facility.”
The property is located on Veterans Boulevard directly across from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and spans more than 42 acres. Prior to the sales tax proposal, Webre said consideration was given to locating the new jail in other areas of the parish. Transportation of inmates for court appearances, however, made constructing the new jail in the Thibodaux area the most cost-effective and logistically-feasible option.
“With all factors considered, we determined this to be the ideal site to locate the new facility,” said Sheriff Webre. “The unintended benefit it will serve is to allow corrections officers to see the construction progress first-hand. Each day, as these officers arrive for work at the existing jail, they will see the construction progress as a reminder that positive change is on the horizon.”
A contract is expected to be finalized this week to hire the GraceHebert Architects/Duplantis Design Group Team to design the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. Together, the team brings national justice expertise paired with local experience. GraceHebert, based in Baton Rouge, has designed over 200 justice projects over the past 45 years, including the Lafayette Public Safety Complex, Livingston Parish Detention Center, Elayn Hunt Medical & Mental Health Facility, and the Louisiana State Penitentiary Death Row Complex to name a few. Their most recent project is the new prison in Orleans Parish. Duplantis Design Group and GraceHebert Architects partnered together to complete the new Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center. Duplantis Design Group, headquartered in Thibodaux, will be the local partner on the project. Duplantis Design Group has completed hundreds of engineering and architecture projects across South Louisiana.
David Duplantis, CEO of Duplantis Design Group, said, “We are honored to work with the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office on such an important project for our parish.”
“We were privileged to have some remarkable firms from which to make our selection, but in the end, we feel we have chosen the best team for this project in GraceHebert Architects and Duplantis Design Group,” said Sheriff Webre. “It’s clear they share our passion for corrections, and I have no doubt they will design a first-class facility for Lafourche Parish.”
Qualifications are currently being accepted for Construction Manager At-Risk services for the project and are due Monday, October 12. The Construction Manager At-Risk will work with the architect to ensure the design fulfills the needs of the Sheriff’s Office while remaining within budget.
The Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018.