• Correctional Institutions
• Juvenile Justice Facilities
• Law Enforcement Facilities
• Justice Support Facilities
Justice facilities have been an integral part of our practice since 1986 when members of our firm established themselves as leaders in the correctional field. We work closely with clients who share our commitment to solving sensitive issues of security, safety and dignity, in the design of state-of-art correctional projects.
Berkshire County Jail
and House of Correction
This is the 160,000 square foot, 500 bed Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction. The design includes the complete array of program functions for a fully functional, state-of-art correctional facility. Housing pods are organized in a two-tier triangular configuration to provide excellent direct supervision for the dayroom officer. Equus was presented with an Honor Award for Excellence from the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management.
Berlin, New Hampshire
This 247,000 square foot medium security prison is located on an isolated hilltop in northern New Hampshire. The project is designed for 1000. All of the support functions for a state-of-art direct supervision, stand-alone correctional facility are in place included - Food Service, Health Service, Administration, Visitation, Industries, Recreation, Intake, and Warehouse. Equus and SMRT were Associate Architects.
Rhode Island Intake Center
Cranston, Rhode Island
This project is the 800-bed adult intake center for the state of Rhode Island's correctional system. Each housing pod consists of a double tier of cells oriented to the unit core area. A common support space at the lower level includes administrative offices, kitchen and dining rooms, and the compliment of spaces for inmate evaluations. Monacelli Associates with Equus Design Group's Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge, were the architects.
Vermont Correctional Facility
This project is a new 350-bed campus-style correctional facility for the State of Vermont. Located on a rural site, this state-of-the-art campus consists of 3 two-story housing units, a support facility including food service, health services, education, recreation, visitors, administration and a warehouse. The housing units are designed of precast concrete cells, wall panels and planks. The support building is designed using steel frame construction with exterior insulated concrete wall panels. SMRT and Equus Design Group are Associate Architects.
Essex Regional Holding Facility
This is a new 40,000 sf regional pre-arraignment holding facility to be operated by the Essex County Sheriff's Department. The project includes new processing areas for intake and release, as well as an enclosed vehicle sallyport. The second level provides 48 cells in two dayrooms for male detainees. The design includes the renovation of space in the existing correctional facility for 12 female detainees. Equus developed the full program and design in close consultation with the Sheriff's department and the state agency DCAM.
Witness Security Facility
Otisville, New York
Sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Equus designed this project for a new witness security protection facility. The building is placed next to the existing Otisville Federal Correctional Institution. The design features an open courtyard surrounded by support functions such as food service, recreation, library, intake processing, inmake work program, administrative office and a commissary.
Hampden County Jail
and House of Correction
The Hampden County Jail and House of Correction is an 1,100 bed, 640,000 SF facility designed for both male and female inmates. Facilities are provided for a wide variety of inmate classifications including high-medium, medium, low-medium and pre-release inmates. Support facilities consist of a visitor’s center, intake center, vocational training, library, gymnasium, dining, health services, commissary, arraignment, and officer training. Monacelli Associates, with Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith Principal-in-Charge were the architects.
Suffolk County Jail
Located on a prominent site overlooking the Charles River in Boston, this project provides 437 beds of general population housing including a women’s unit, a disciplinary detention unit and medical/psychiatric facilities. The seven -story jail employs the latest form of unit management, providing all essential services to inmates in the housing pods. The project is the winner of numerous awards and citations including an American Institute of Architects Regional Award. Stubbins and Monacelli Associates were Associate Architects with Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge.
DYS - Metro Boston
This youth detention facility is located in an urban, residential neighborhood of Boston. Designed to blend in with the surrounding neighborhood, this dormitory-style building uses a combination of carefully proportioned exterior masonry and precast concrete construction, and residential style windows to offer a residential character while maintaining security. Equus Design Group are the Architects. The Division of Capital Asset Management is the Owner and the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services is the user agency.
Falmouth Armory Trial Court
This Trial Court consists of courtroom, conference, judge’s chambers, and related functions within a renovated, former National Guard Armory. The program includes secure detainee holding cells outside the existing structure. This project was designed and built in a fast-track mode in response to an urgent need for more courtroom space in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Preliminary designs were prepared by DiNisco Design Partnership. Equus Design Group is the architect.
Carroll County Jail
Ossipee, New Hampshire
This project is a new 70-bed Jail and House of Correction for the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. Designed using load bearing insulated concrete wall panels and precast concrete cells, the facility contains housing, education, recreation, health services, visitation, administration and laundry. In addition to male general population housing, separate pods are designed for females, work-release, and segregation. The project features a centralized control room for effective observation of housing pods, visiting and the main circulation corridor. Equus Design Group and SMRT were Associate Architects.
House of Correction
This is a new 300 bed correctional facility at the Suffolk County House of Correction. The project was designed within the walls of an under-utilized open space of the existing complex. The design for this facility includes administrative offices, counseling rooms, multi-purpose rooms, exam room, common areas, 3-6 person dormitory-style sleeping areas, and a direct-supervision mode dayroom with food serving equipment for eat-in meals. Equus Design Group is the Architect.
House of Correction
The Essex County Jail and House of Correction is a totally new 500 bed facility designed and built using all modular and pre- engineered construction components. The housing was designed by TAC. Our responsibility included the design of three support buildings with the following functions: administrative offices, central control, health service, food service, intake, visiting, vocational training, library, and education. Architects for the project were Monacelli Associates with Equus’s Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge.
Modular Housing Unit
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
This project is a 300-bed correctional dormitory designed for the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction. The two-story design has four pods with 3-to 6-person dormitory rooms arrayed along double loaded corridors. Each pod is designed for the direct supervision style of management and has a dayroom, correctional program offices, laundry, multi-purpose room and officer station. A one story portion of the building has a full service kitchen and a visiting area. Equus is the architect.
House of Correction
This project consists of 300 inmate cells and support facilities for the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction. This milestone project is the first concrete modular project in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is also the first design of the Rotondo pre-cast concrete cell. The project received awards from both the American Concrete Institute and the Association of General Contractors. Equus’s Michael Smith designed the project while Principal-in-Charge at Monacelli Associates.
This project is the design of a completely new 500 bed medium security correctional facility proposed to be located in Orange County, New York. the design features a strong linear plan layout of support functions and five separate housing units, all designed for a state-of-art direct supervision facility.
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
This project was a design/build competition for the renovation of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse. Varying amounts of construction was programmed on each floor of the courthouse, while remaining portions of the building stayed fully functional. Seven new courtrooms with support spaces were designed and multiple courthouse divisions were relocated within the building in a complex phasing plan that ensured a continuous operational function, with minimal disruption, to the working courthouse. The Boston Municipal Court is the primary user.
DYS - Worcester
This project is a new two-story building designed by Equus for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and the Department of Youth Services. The juvenile detention addition contains space for 60 secure beds, dayrooms, classrooms, program areas and a new kitchen. The program included keeping the existing facility in operation throughout the period of construction.
Old Colony Modular Housing
This project is a 64-cell maximum security addition to the state prison at MCI Bridgewater. The housing unit was designed and built in only five months in order to relieve a serious overcrowding condition. The facility was designed to fully comply with American Correctional Association Standards. A control room is provided enabling the unit to be supervised in both direct and indirect modes of supervision. Monacelli Associates, with Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge, were the architects.
Hampden County Pre-Release
This project is the 200 bed Pre-Release Facility at the Hampden County Jail and House of Correction. Designed for both men and women inmates preparing for release from incarceration, the facility has two-person dormitory rooms arrayed along dayroom areas. The building is a self-contained facility with kitchen, program spaces, counseling, and recreation. A Day Reporting area for probationary individuals is also located in the facility.
Brockton Trial Court
This project is a design proposal for a new Brockton Trial Court. The program includes thirteen courtrooms in four courts- District Court, Probate and Family Court, Juvenile Court, and Housing Court. The design includes all support spaces necessary for a comprehensive court facility, judicial suite, transaction offices, detainee holding areas, jury pool, district attorney, children’s center, etc. The design features a brick, limestone and granite exterior to enhance the civic presence of the building. DMJM and Equus Design Group were Associate Architects.
This Reception and Classification Center at MCI Concord is a secure facility designed for the processing of inmates into the Massachusetts correctional system, as well as for inmates requiring security reclassification. The 43,000 SF project contains all functions necessary for inmate classification and housing support including intake, health services, interview rooms, administration, visiting, library, multi- purpose, food service, and central control. The facility processes approximately 120 inmates per week.
Hampden County Women's Facility
This project is a design proposal for a new 330-bed campus-style women’s correctional facility for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. The campus design consists of 4 two-story Housing Units, a Support facility including Food Service, Health Services, Education, Recreation, Visitors and Administration. The Housing Units are designed of precast concrete cells and plank and load bearing masonry walls. The Support building is designed using steel frame construction with exterior insulated concrete wall panels.
House of Correction
This 832-bed facility was designed for multiple classifications. The ten-story highrise portion of the project provides housing for special management inmates and female sentenced offenders. The low-rise components house medium, minimum, as well as pre-release and work-release inmates. The project was designed for a highly visible renewal area of the City of Boston. The design was ranked first in a design-build competition sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Monacelli Associates, with Equus Design Group’s Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge, were architects.
Bridgewater Modular Dormitory
This project is the first concrete modular correctional dormitory designed and built in the nation. The design employs the use of the Maxi-Dorm™ precast system developed jointly by Equus Design Group and Rotondo Modular Group (manufacturer). The entire building envelope is built of high-strength, insulated concrete channels, wall panels and planks. The two-story design has four pods with 3-6 person dormitory rooms arrayed along double-loaded corridors. Each pod is designed for the direct supervision form of management and has a dayroom, correctional program offices, laundry, multi-purpose room and officer station.
Cheshire Correctional Center
This project is the design of new construction and renovation within the walls of an operating correctional institution for 300 new beds and support functions to replace existing antiquated facilities. The design and construction consists of several phases of work. SLAM and Monacelli Associates with Equus Design Group's Michael Smith, Principal-in-Charge, are the architects.
Middlesex County Jail
and House of Correction
This project was a Design/Build competition for an expansion to the existing Middlesex County Jail and House of Correction. The expansion included four housing units, totaling 250 beds, connected to a new support building by an efficient ADA compliant ramping system. The support building contains a new kitchen, with dining facilities, non-contact visitation, central control, intake/booking, health services and administration expansion space. The new facility was sized to accommodate the future addition of more housing units and support functions.
MCI Concord Expansion Study
This project is the programming and design for a 60-cell maximum security housing unit addition within the walls of this major correctional institution. The project includes the renovation and upgrading of two occupied buildings within the MCI Concord facility campus while remaining operational during renovation. Improvements include new controlled entrances, living and sleeping areas, recreation areas, support services and upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems.
John J. Moran
Medium Security Facility
Cranston, Rhode Island
This 1,000 bed adult correctional facility features strong academic, industrial, vocational training and rehabilitative treatment programs. The program fosters staff interaction to provide opportunities for inmates to develop usable skills upon re-entry into the community. RGB and Monacelli Associates were associate architects with Equus Design Group's Michael Smith Principal-in-Charge.