Iuka, Mississippi, USA
A northeastern Mississippi county has found a better way to build a jail, and save 30% on construction and at least 30% on long-term operating costs.
Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachians, Tishomingo County had to build a new jail facility to replace an aging and unsafe jail.
Sheriff Glen Whitlock did several years of research and found that the best solution might be in his own backyard.
Composite Building Systems, Inc., a composite structures design and fabrication company located in the village of Paden, had many years of experience in designing and building composite structures all over the world. The company had designed and built the component parts for a number of jail facilities using a composite dome structure reinforced with tough metal mesh. The metal mesh is on the inside of the composite wall and the exterior and interior walls present a smooth and clean surface that is attractive and easy to keep clean.
Sheriff Whitlock reported that “we knew we had to come up with a way to meet stringent ACA guidelines while at the same time reducing construction and operating costs and saving taxpayer money.
The system developed by Composite Building Systems appeared to meet our needs and fit perfectly with new technology now required in correctional facilities. We visited several existing jail facilities designed and constructed by the company and construction contractors.
The initial appearance of the dome-shaped jail was a negative factor to some merely because of expectations for blocky buildings, but after reviewing the interior design, construction, and operation, it quickly became apparent that the composite dome design had many advantages in addition to cost savings.”
Sheriff Whitlock continued, “the cost savings are substantial, up to 30% savings in construction and an average of 30% savings in utility bills, maintenance, and upkeep. The thoughtful design provides greater efficiency and safety for both my staff and inmates.
To top it off, an unexpected benefit of composite dome construction is the mitigation of wind, earthquake, and fire hazards. This is the safest place to be in case of a tornado, earthquake, or fire.”
Composite Building Systems President David Deaton II attended the ribbon cutting and emphasized that “composite dome construction has inherent advantages over conventional construction.
In addition to the cost savings in construction, maintenance, and utility costs, construction time is faster and disaster resistance is an added benefit. Most of our structures are rated as tornado shelters in addition to their design functions.
“Detention facilities are not the only composite structures we manufacture,” Mr. Deaton continued, “but, right now, governments are seeking ways to do more with less money, and our system is unbeatable for cost savings, durability, efficiency, and safety.”
Plant Manager Eddy Goss said that “we are constantly improving and innovating.
Our dome composite structures are located all over the globe and have withstood the test of time. One of our structures was the only structure to survive a hurricane on the Florida Gulf Coast.
We believe we are the wave of the future not only in a better way to build but also in saving money for governments, companies, and homeowners.”