Rockingham County Jail & House of Corrections

Brentwood, New Hampshire

The Turner Group in association with Anderson-Nichols & Co. Inc., designed and engineered the three-wing expansion of the Rockingham County Jail and House of Corrections.  The existing jail was built in 1981 and had originally planned for 134 cells, but budgetary problems forced the County to construct only 86 cells. 

The design called for the addition of three wings to the existing structure, a total of 41,000 SF of new construction, plus the renovation of 30,000 SF of current space.  The overall project added 110 new cells, skylit dayrooms, dining rooms, indoor and outdoor exercise areas, a new booking / holding area, and a state-of-the-art security control system.

The need to renovate and connect to an existing, overcrowded facility was one of the key challenges this project presented.  The design focused on the need for direct supervision of inmates, but addressed related concerns, right down to provisions for automatic personnel distress alarms for duty officers and staff.

At all times, the facility remained in full operation as a high security detention center.