El Valle Detention Center – Raymondville, TX

About the Project

Butler – Cohen renovated an existing 1000 bed detention facility for the purpose of restated missions / goals of the federal government. Our team renovated the existing 40,000 sf administrative building to introduce new standards and requirements for the end user. There was also a large renovation component to the main housing unit which included division of dormitories to create smaller housing units to reduce security threats, introduction of softer architectural finishes base on current detention initiatives, and renovation and commissioning of the existing food service facilities. Our team also transformed a large open field that had previously contained additional housing units into large recreation fields with shaded recreation facilities. A complete recommissioning of existing systems was required under the contract to ensure all life safety, MEP, and security systems were properly working. The project was a fast track project and construction was required to be completed in 120 days from initial notice to proceed .