Richmond Justice Center

Richmond, VA
Owner City of Richmond, VA
General Contractor Turner Construction
Mechanical Subcontract $20MM
Architect / Engineer HOK
Schedule Duration 10/2011 - 02/2014

Project Overview

Bell provided Design-Build services for the Richmond Justice Center, a $140.5 million facility that replaces the existing public safety building.  

This newly-constructed six-story facility will house 1280 beds with the potential to expand to 1600.  The facility is LEED Gold certified. Unique systems include energy-recovery air handling units containing enthalpy wheels and state-of-the-art indoor air quality monitoring, as well as plumbing systems that allow highly efficient redundant recirculation of domestic hot water.

As a subcontractor for the Tompkins/Ballard/Davis team, Bell, with design team member Wiley Wilson, was responsible for mechanical and plumbing design and construction.  The facility meets security standards of the City of Richmond and the Virginia Department of Corrections, and contains a central utility plant, full service kitchen, commercial grade laundry, and a security processing center.


I am writing this letter as we are now in the process of starting up the mechanical systems on the Richmond Justice Center Project and I recognize how the Turner Team has benefitted from Bell's work on this project.  As our Design/Build partner, Bell has helped the project keep ahead of schedule by aggressively managing the design, collaborating with all stakeholders, providing the necessary field supervision and labor to install the work, all while maintaining the original budget and being active participants in community outreach efforts.  This scope of work is one of the largest mechanical contracts in progress in the Richmond area values at over $20,000,000 and has been managed extremely well by your firm to date.  As a result, we are meeting the aggressive systems startup milestone this month.  We value our relationship with Bell and I want to take the time to express our gratitude for the team spirit and collaboration exhibited by your team.



Derek Brown
Deputy Operations Manager
Turner Construction