Contract for detention facility designs signed

CNJ staff
Curry County commissioners agreed on a contract with Reilly Johnson Architecture to draw up conceptual designs for a new medium-maximum security detention facility.
The contract for the detention center designs is worth up to $18,750 plus applicable gross tax receipts, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. He said $15,000 will be paid for services rendered and up to $3,750 for travel expenses.
Commissioners agree that the Adult Detention Center is overcrowded and dangerous and something has to be done to fix the problem. A $9.8 million jail bond is slated for August, and county officials hope to build a new detention facility outside of Clovis with the bond funds.
Pyle said Robert Johnson of Reilly Johnson Architecture will attend the county commission on July 2 and receive input from the county commissioners and officials about what is needed in conceptual designs. He will also give feedback to county officials. On July 16 Johnson will have plans for the new ADC ready to present at the county commission meeting.
Pyle said Johnson was chosen because he has 38 years of architectural experience and worked on about 100 detention facilities. He also said price was a factor.
Pyle said the visit to the detention center in Scurry County on June 12 was one of many fact-finding visits to detention centers over the last couple years.