Montrose, COLO. – After years of planning and preparation, Montrose County awarded a $7,927,925.00 contract to FCI Constructors, Inc. for the construction of a much-needed addition and renovation to the Montrose County Jail. The project is in progress and will be completed by April 30, 2025.

“The money allocated for the Jail renovation project will significantly improve Jail operations in the targeted areas of Booking, Medical, Kitchen and the Sally Port,” said Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Jail Commander Dean McNulty. “This project has been thoroughly researched over the course of several years and the above mentioned areas are in definite need of upgrades to keep pace with providing a safe environment for Jail staff, contract professional services and persons in custody consistent with the infrastructure of a rapidly growing community. The Sheriff’s Office has developed a consistent plan to maintain Jail operations during this project which has been challenging, but the end result will be very rewarding.”

The project has been in the works since 2016, starting with a thorough evaluation of the jail’s operations and site. After careful consideration of priorities, the county selected Wold A&E to develop the site plans and designs. The construction request for proposal was published in summer 2023, and FCI Constructors emerged as the winning bidder.

The project will include approximately 6,000 square feet of renovated space and 5,000 square feet of new construction, focusing on improving key areas like booking, medical, kitchen, video courtroom, and the vehicle sally port. The booking area will be expanded westward, while the sally port will expand to the East. Additionally, the loading dock area will be upgraded, and the roof above the booking, kitchen, and laundry areas will be replaced.

One of the most significant improvements will be the expansion of the booking area’s holding capacity. The current three cells will be replaced with a total of nine, including two dedicated “safety” cells and a larger group holding cell. This will not only improve efficiency but also prioritize the safety of both staff and detainees.

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