San Mateo County, Maple St. Correctional Center
1. Why are we building a new correctional center?
A number of factors are driving the need for a new correctional facility in San Mateo County. Crowding in both the Maguire Correctional Facility (MCF) and the Women’s Correctional Center (WCC) prompted the County to begin planning for a new jail in 2005. Since then, the need for more jail beds has been exasperated by the adoption of Realignment (AB 109) by the State in 2011, resulting in an anticipated 25 % increase in inmate population for our jails.
The current Maple St. complex was designed in the late 1970’s and built in the early 1980’s. The complex is woefully outdated and dilapidated. Numerous and extensive facility maintenance issues, lack of programming space, and jail crowding has been the driving force behind replacing the current Maple St. Complex. The replacement correctional center will provide our female inmates the programming and visiting opportunities necessary to improve outcomes while in custody and post release. Additionally, relieving crowding at the men’s jail can also be realized.
2. What’s the name of the correctional center?
Maple Street Correctional Center (MSCC)
3. Where will the correctional center be located?
The MSCC will be located east of Hwy 101, at 1300 Maple St, Redwood City, CA. It will occupy a 4.8 acre parcel of land across from the Redwood City Police Department.
4. How was the site selected as the location for the new correctional center? How was the site selected as the location for the new correctional center?
Steps in this process included looking at County owned properties and reaching out to local real estate brokers and the public for other available sites. A set of sound criteria was developed, and a list of potential sites was narrowed with the County Motor Pool site topping the list.
Although the County Motor Pool site was chosen as the most viable site through objective evaluation, Redwood City officials approached the County and Sheriff Munks in June, 2010, requesting they consider an alternative site for the replacement jail. The impetus of the request was to avoid building on the Motor Pool site which is in close proximity to downtown Redwood City. Redwood City officials requested the Sheriff consider the site known as Chemical Way. The Chemical Way site is approximately 4.8 acres, located off Maple St. in Redwood City, east of Highway 101, and across the street from the Redwood City Police Headquarters and close to the current Women’s Correctional Center. This site was previously evaluated by the Jail Planning Unit but failed to make the viable list because of the owners’ unwillingness to sell at the time.
Through the collaborative spirit of Sheriff Munks, San Mateo County and the City of Redwood City, the Chemical Way site was revisited. With the assistance of a third party consultant retained by the City of Redwood City, the site was acquired by the County at the end of 2010.
5. What’s the size of the correctional center?
The admin/support section is two stories and approximately 44’ tall. The jail is three stories and approximately 72’ tall (each floor includes a main floor and mezzanine.) The two building sections are connected by a secure walkway. The size of the facility is approximately 267k SQFT.
6. What will the correctional center look like?
7. How many beds are built into the facility?
The maximum number of State rated beds the facility would be able to accommodate is 768. We plan to open the facility in phases, using only those beds that are necessary. Approximately 1/3 of the beds won’t be initially built. Instead, the space will be “shelled” until the beds are needed. In the interim, the shelled space can be used for training, community meetings and/or possibly out of custody programming. The use of the shelled space is still being developed.
8. Will the correctional center be expanded in the future?
Aside from a phased, “inside the walls” plan of bringing beds online, no new construction Outsidethe building envelope is planned in the future.
9. What classification of inmates will be housed at the facility? Will inmates ever be outside the secure perimeter of the jail?
The MSCC will house both pre- trial and sentenced inmates, ranging from minimum to maximum security females, and minimum/medium security males. Maximumsecurity males will remain at the Maguire Correctional Facility.
Note: The MSCC has the capability to house maximum security males
The transitional housing area will include Work Furlough inmates who may leave the facility unsupervised during the day to attend work, school, training, etc. Work Furlough inmates are checked upon their return forcontraband, housed separately from and don’t mix with the general population.
10. When will construction be completed? When will the correctional center open?
Construction documents are scheduled to be completed sometime after mid-year, 2013. Preliminary construction such as demolition, site work, rough grading and foundation piles are complete or underway.
Construction is scheduled to be complete mid-2015, with building commissioning and occupancy shortly thereafter.
11. Who is the architect, construction manager and sub contractors?
12. How were the contractors, sub-contractors and consultants selected?
Selection of the contractors such as the architect, construction manager, sub-contractors, and consultants was/is done following the guidelines of the CA Public Contract Code.
The architect and construction manager (professional services) were chosen on a best value basis after pre-qualification, bid, and interviews.
Sub-contractors with a design/build element under $2.5M were chosen by lowest bid.
Sub-contractors with a design/build element over $2.5M were chosen on a best value basis.
13. Is the jail site environmentally safe?
MSCC is being built on land that encompassed the former Chemical Way. There was one portion of the land that exceeded the Environmental Screening Level (ESL), and deemed environmentally unsafe for long term housing. A Site Management Plan was developed and implemented as part of the cleanup effort.
In this case, 4600 cubic ft. of contaminated soil was excavated and replaced with clean soil. Retesting has shown that the site is now well below the acceptable ESL safety standards and therefore suitable for residential housing. A new Land Use Covenant has been issued clearing the way for this project to proceed.
14. Was/Is the public involved throughout the jail planning process?
Yes. Early in the jail planning process, a Jail Planning Advisory Committee (JPAC) was formed. JPAC is comprised of citizen appointees from the Sheriff and Board of Supervisors. JPAC has assisted with everything from site selection to community outreach. Many JPAC members are retired and active business professionals from throughout the County. Others have health care, inmate programming and law enforcement backgrounds.
15. What will be the long-term economic impacts associated with correctional center operations?
Like most major government facilities, the replacement jail will employ a significant number of full time staff.
Local businesses will benefit from increased customer traffic. Additionally, the improvements, both on and off site, will improve the general conditions east of the Highway 101 corridor that Redwood City is focusing on improving.
16. What will be the economic impact associated with correctional center construction?
The new jail represents an investment of more than $165 million dollars. Over 300 full time construction and related jobs are being created, resulting in an economic boost for the surrounding community during the 30 month construction period.
17. How will the correctional center affect safety in local communities?
Jails play a critical role in public safety. Without adequate jail space in local communities, offenders will be released back into the community before their sentence is complete. Early release of inmates can cause crime rates to increase. Also, jails provide offenders with numerous programming opportunities to improve their lives.
18. How can I get a job working at the correctional center once it is complete?
Check back regularly at the San Mateo County Human Resources website at:
then check under the Sheriff’s Office for announcements and/or sign up for notifications.
19. Who do I contact if I have a question or comment about construction?
You can call the Jail Construction Hotlineat: