What are prefabricated cells?
The prefabricated modular system is another name for it homepage. A prefabricated jail cell is built off-site before being shipped to the job site. Prefabricated cells come complete with bunks as well as lights, toilets, sinks and other amenities.
The prefabricated cells are made of a thick gauge of corrosion resistant steel, as opposed to traditional jail construction that uses masonry before adding the necessary elements. After being placed by a crane, the prefabricated cells are transported using trucks. You can also stack them to create multiple stories.
What are some advantages to prefabricated detention cells?
Time. Because each unit can only be produced in a single plant, there are opportunities to improve efficiency. Time is saved by producing jail cells at the same time as building foundations.
Space. Steel panels have a thinner thickness than traditional concrete walls. The prefabricated units for jails are perfect for construction sites that lack space.
The foundation requirements. As prefabricated precast units are often lighter than conventional concrete, they can require less foundations.
A more streamlined system. As soon as construction starts, it will be easier to deal with different vendors. The manufacturers of prefabricated units have already incorporated many of the features you need into their product. Construction managers can manage contractors and vendors involved in the furnishing, installations, materials etc.
What are the disadvantages to prefabricated detention cells
Cost. You could pay up to one third more in the Upper Midwest for a prefabricated county jail than you would for a masonry jail. When you account for the savings of labor time, however, this may not be as noticeable.
Shipping. Shipping. The distance between the factories and the jails can affect the freight charge. Most semi trucks have a maximum capacity of four units. It could get expensive if 50 cells are needed.
Carbon footprint. Carbon footprint. Every ton steel produced emits 1 ton greenhouse gases. Transporting these units over the road also emits emissions. In general, traditional jail construction was long considered a sustainable model.
The noise levels. Steel core walls, when compared with traditional masonry walls, create loud echos and can cause much disturbance in other areas. Inmates will often pound walls or close the detention door to create other sounds. This can create a tense atmosphere, both for correction officers and other prisoners.
Limited flexibility. It can take several years for a major jail project to be completed. During that period, the design can change. Construction using traditional methods makes it easier to make changes. It is impossible, for example, to move HVAC hookups six inches due mechanical chase configurations in a factory-built structure.
When is the best time to use prefabricated cells for detention?
When time is of the utmost importance, it might be worth considering prefabricated cells. When it comes to construction, you could save as much as six months. If you need to spend a grant before a specific deadline, saving time is very important. Other cases may require a more rapid finish to address an immediate need, such as the urgent concern for inmates' safety or to relieve overcrowding.
Also, prefabricated cell system are suitable for areas of high population density such as downtown districts or places that have nearby buildings. By lifting each prefabricated panel from the semitruck, it is possible to reduce noise.
Portable jails are more often used for new construction than renovations, because of their challenges.