Huttonsville Correctional Facility
The Huttonsville Correctional Center – located near Huttonsville, West Virginia in Randolph County – is considered a medium security prison. In 1999, two three-story medium security cell block housing units were added to provide additional space. The units were constructed in the abandoned exercise yard and include 240 beds. Further additions and renovations included the laundry, chapel, medical and dental facilities as well as upgrades to the electronic security. In 2005, SMBH was retained to provide structural design and documentation for new building renovations as well as an assessment and analysis of existing structural systems. In their design and assessment, SMBH had to closely review the extra detailing needed to meet the requirements of the correction authority. All construction had to be consistent with the building codes along with an additional scope of services to provide security to resist destruction and escape. Existing three-story units were expanded laterally so that the units could be reconfigured into two-man and six-man cells. These changes allowed for a safer and more efficient operation of the unit as well as an increase in bed count by 200, bringing the overall capacity to 890. New indoor and outdoor day rooms and shower facilities also were added and are now visible from the new supervision stations.