Lake County Jail Expansion

Waukegan, IL

Riley Construction provided construction management services for the conversion of the existing work release facility to secure detention for the inmate population.  The conversion consists of modular, dormitory style cells, renovation of a 24-bed general population pod into maximum security in the existing jail, and construction of a seven-story work release building.  The result of the project gained the County 407 beds in the jail and work release area.  The project also included a two-story remodel for jail cells, dorm bunks rooms, work release supervisor offices, mechanical rooms, and admitting for work release.

Unique Challenges
The project footprint maximized the use of existing minimal land, making for an extremely tight construction site. Inmates also had to be moved during various phases of the construction. Finally, the seven-story addition had to be constructed on an existing one-story, at-grade loading dock (for a total of eight stories). The original loading dock facility was not designed to accommodate a seven-story addition. This made for extremely challenging construction conditions. The coordination of garbage pick-up and food deliveries also had to be maintained throughout construction, adding to the complexity of the project.



Size: 74,000 SF
Architects: RQAW Consulting Engineers & Architects