By James Krueger, Assoc. AIA / Sr Project Designer

The County of San Diego Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility Phase I, was recently honored by the Design-Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Region (DBIA, WPR) at DBIAs 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. The project team, led by Balfour Beatty Construction with KMD Architects and HMC Architects, received dual awards: an Award of Distinction and Excellence in Design Award. Per the awards booklet:

“The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is a unique facility based on a non-traditional design. The client wanted a new solution that responded to their vision of a normal treatment environment that would feel more like a campus community and less like a detention facility.

The key to success was building a strong collaboration with all the project team members including the Owner, Sheriffs Department users, the Owners consultants, and even the County Building Department and inspectors. We broke down traditional barriers with a team attitude that all parts of the projects business was everybodys business.”

Phase 2 of the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is currently underway.

Jack Kay, Phyllis St. George and I attended the banquet to accept the awards on behalf of HMC. Congratulations to the entire team for this outstanding honor of HMCs excellence in design and recognition of HMCs successful Design-Build collaboration.