Federal Correctional Institute: Gilmer

Glenville, WV
Federal Bureau of Prisons
General Contractor
Schedule Duration
Architect / Engineer
KMD Architects / Bell Engineering
Mechanical Subcontract Value

Project Overview

FCI Gilmer is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates in West Virginia.

Bell as Prime Contractor, provided project management, construction, quality control and related services as part of a design-build collaboration for this new complex, which houses 1536 inmates in 768 cells. It also has facilities to hold 48 inmates in a segregation housing component.

Bell performed the mechanical and plumbing systems installation for the entire facility which included all mechanical piping, equipment, ductwork, and plumbing systems. The facility included a Central Plant for furnishing hot and chilled water for conditioning all structures.

The new complex consists of three four-story general housing units, a two-story special housing unit, a UNICOR factory structure, and several single-story support buildings within the secured compound. The complex also includes a prison camp area with administrative and living units.

To ensure completeness and ongoing end-user benefits during occupancy, Bell implemented a custom commissioning program that proved its worth during the final security system commissioning. FCI Gilmer is the first FBOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) installation to have the security system pass inspection on the initial test run. As noted by the FBOP, this is an unusual occurrence and a testament to Bell’s thorough and quality-focused commissioning and startup program.