Burleigh Morton County Detention Center

Project Summary:

Project Type:
Electrical Systems

Burleigh and Morton Counties


Apex Engineering Group and Burleigh and Morton Counties addressed the electrical demands needed for a new detention center.  The facility was designed to replace the two existing undersized jails in each county and provide additional detention capacity for the region.

Project Details:

Apex assessed the needs for the new detention center that consists of a two-story, 280,000 square-foot pre-cast building designed to house 600 persons for Burleigh and Morton Counties in central North Dakota. The lighting, power, and communication systems within the inmate areas are controlled from centralized command centers. The command centers are located in the middle of each inmate area with a direct line of site to each of the cells and dayroom. The command centers are backed up by the master command center which is located remotely and can take control of the central command operation in the event of trouble. There are numerous cameras and access control systems throughout the facility and on the exterior of the building.

The lighting system is a mixture of LED and fluorescent sources depending on the location and use of the fixtures. Most of the public and maintenance areas are fluorescent, and where servicing is difficult, such as the inmate areas LED sources were used.

Two indoor emergency generators were designed to operate as one larger unit to provide life-safety and maintain heating systems throughout the facility. By using electronic controls, the units provide a seamless transition from utility to emergency power and back again.

The detention center was completed in the spring of 2017.

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