Southland Industries Awarded Kern County Justice Facility

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 21:15

Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded the Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield, California. In addition to Southland, the design-build project team includes HOK Architects, Balfour Beatty, CML RW Security, and Berg Electric.

Totaling 210,000 square feet, the new 822-bed, single story Type II detention facility will include mezzanines configured into housing pods with adjacent program and treatment space. The project also involves a central plant and site development. Southland will execute the mechanical and controls services for the facility.

The housing building will consist of medium security housing units with approximately 100 cells each, one maximum security mental health/special housing unit with approximately 104 cells, four housing control rooms, and attorney visiting booths. Consisting of healthcare, custody, visitation, warehouse, and administrative space, the support space will total approximately 55,000 square feet.

Site development will include security fencing, extension and connection to private and public utilities, pedestrian walkways, staff and visitor parking, landscaping, lighting and drainage improvements. The standalone, 2,800 square foot central plant will provide heating, cooling, and electrical services for the new facility and will be made up of two 650-ton centrifugal chillers, a cooling tower, and three 5,000-MBH boilers.

The project is currently in design, and expects the construction phase to commence in September 2015. Overall project completion is anticipated by March 2017. 

About Southland

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit

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