|CLIENT:||Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal|
|CONSULTANT:||Stantec Consulting Ltd.|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||Stipulated Sum|
|Project SIZE:||7,400 sq. m.|
|LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:||Silver|
As the second largest correctional facility in the province, the new Pictou County penitentiary has the capacity to hold up to 196 offenders. It is also the first direct supervision correctional facility in Atlantic Canada, allowing increased staff presence in offender living units. It features more than 200 closed-circuit TV cameras in and outside the building, six day rooms, a healthcare suite, electronic drug detection systems, offender classrooms and booths for court attendance by video-conference.
Bird employed concrete tilt-up construction panels for the facility, which created the necessity to devise a solution to improve the acoustics in the structure due to the abundance of concrete used. To help eliminate the echoing, an acoustic deck was created over the living units and heavy gauge perforated metal with sound absorption insulation were installed into the walls.
Targeting LEED Silver certification, the facility included the increased used of natural and recycled-content building materials. The facility will also optimize energy through the use of 50 geothermal wells and in-floor slab radiant heating systems that cannot be damaged by occupants. The extensive use of concrete in the eight-inch-thick floor slabs, walls and blocks also benefit the building’s energy profile by increasing its thermal capacity