South West Detention Centre
|Client||Infrastructure Ontario & Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services|
|Category||Detention and Correction Center|
|Size||200,000 SF (18,580 SM)|
|Location||Windsor, ON, Canada|
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Directed to implement a new prototype correctional facility, NORR’s design for the South West Detention Centre in Windsor, Canada replaces a 100-year old jail with more enlightened prison architecture. The center features a new surveillance model and community engagement amenities. Correctional officers now have more direct interaction with inmates at this combined male and female facility.
Inmates are separated, but program areas, infirmary, laundry and kitchen facilities are shared. The center’s welcoming lobby provides public access to a gym and multi-purpose room. The prison’s design includes a 10-acre public park on the grounds with accessible trails, covered picnic area, FIFA-standard soccer field and cricket pitch. Its security is managed physically and psychologically through seamless perimeter control. Inside the facility, mechanical systems include 100% back-up power in case local infrastructure fails. Security regulations prevented the use of standard environmentally sensitive fittings and fixtures, so the team sourced other high-efficiency solutions to achieve LEED® Silver certification. The center’s design emphasizes enhanced rehabilitation potential and adaptability for future growth.
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