WD&D designed this 432-bed, 60,000-s.f. prison with four main housing areas each with 108 individual cells. The cells are divided in half for security, allowing the simultaneous observation of two-day room spaces and all 108 cell fronts in each area. The facility was built with a pre-cast concrete frame, floor, and roof with reinforced concrete block and masonry exterior wall. The Tucker Unit was built in eight phases for 50% of free-world cost using the inmate labor program at a cost of $13,000,000. The project was completed in 1985.
Security had the highest priority in the design of the Tucker Maximum Security Facility. This facility currently houses the inmates on Death Row.
In 1996, WD&D in conjunction with Ron Woods and Wali Caradine (of Architecture Innovations Group), completed a 100-bed, medium security addition to this facility. The project cost was $1.4 million