Federal Correctional Institute: Berlin

Berlin, NH
Owner Federal Bureau of Prisons
General Contractor Bell/Heery Joint Venture
Contract Value $246MM / $34MM Mechanical
Schedule Duration 05/2007 to 06/2010
Architect of Record Edward Rowse Architects
Associate Architect KMD Architects
Engineer M.E. Engineering, Tetra Tech Rizzo, LeMessurier Consultant
Award 2011 National Design/Build Merit Award

Project Overview

The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Berlin is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in New Hampshire.

Bell was the managing partner of the Design-Build contract and the mechanical contractor. Bell’s project management team and quality control policies and procedures were utilized to manage this project, which included all architectural, engineering, construction, project management, quality control and commissioning services. 

FCI Berlin consists of 27 structures and required working on multiple structures concurrently. This facility can house approximately 1630 inmates in (3) four-story general housing units and a two-story special housing unit. The complex also includes several single-story buildings for educational/vocational training, health services, administrative services, personal services, maintenance, recreation and food services all connected by a weather corridor within the secure compound. Located outside the secured compound is a central shared facility comprised of a central utility plant, a warehouse, a garage/landscape building, a fueling station and a hazardous materials building. A medium security federal prison camp with housing and support facilities for 128 inmates is located outside the secured compound.

I would like to commend Bell/Heery for their outstanding performance on the Design/Build contract for FCI Berlin in Berlin, NH.  The quality of the team's work, from design through construction, was consistently high.  They set realistic goals and scheduled activities effectively to meet our requirements.

Bell/Heery also recognized that safety was a number one priority, and I have nothing but praise for their safety record.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is very satisfied with our new prison and would recommend Bell/Heery for future work.


Peter J. Swift, Deputy Chief, Design and Construction Branch, US Department of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons

Peter J. Swift
Deputy Chief, Design and Construction Branch
US Department of Justice / Federal Bureau of Prisons