Maricopa County Intake, Transfer, Release & Detention Facility


CGL, in collaboration with Arrington Watkins, worked with Maricopa County to replace its overcrowded intake center and aging Durango Jail.

The fourth largest county by population in the United States, Maricopa intakes more than 300 people per day. The inflexible design of the former intake center is ill equipped to handle these numbers, resulting in 4+ hour processing times. The new intake, transfer, release (ITR) facility – with open seating for over 230 people and optional space for an additional 100 in holding cells – drastically improves efficiency, leading to reduced wait times and allowing the arresting officer back on the street within 30 minutes.

Maricopa formerly experienced high transportation costs resulting from transferring inmates from multiple sites throughout the County to various court systems and outside agencies for court appearances. The new, centrally located ITR facility houses four fully functional courtrooms, allowing for fewer transfers and increased savings for the County.

The final component of this project was replacing the poorly aging Durango Jail. The new, 1,280-bed detention facility replacement features an open dorm, eight-man sleeping room layout. Similar to the new ITR facility, the new jail prioritizes the use of natural light, reducing energy use and creating additional cost savings. Maricopa County can rest assured knowing the new jail is designed to meet or exceed American Correctional Association Physical Plant Standards.

CGL developed the architectural program and space list for the entire 320,000 SF facility and the schematic and design development level floor plans for the ITR/512-bed facility. CGL also provided design assistance through construction documents.