This closed security prison, built in the early 1950s, is composed of 12 brick housing units and an infirmary. Each unit is an arrangement of individual cell blocks surrounding a long corridor. The building was designed to be secure, not attractive, and thus appears cold, austere and foreboding.
Graciano’s project manager, Dave Sinclair, noted that one of the greatest challenges of the job is that the prison must remain fully operational through the entire restoration process. This calls for careful logistical planning and extra security precautions. For instance, every piece of equipment must be inventoried at the beginning and end of every shift to prevent theft.
James Luckino, of Architas, who has worked closely with Graciano on this project, remarked, “Graciano is the best contractor I have ever worked with, bar none.”
The project includes:
- Removal and replacement of deteriorated brick walls
- Cleaning of masonry
- Resetting stone sills
- Installing exterior fire security doors with integral electromechanical lock systems
- Replacing of detention windows with newly designed units