Federal Bureau of Prisons - Berlin

In order to accommodate growth in a timely and cost efficient manner, The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) needed a new medium correctional campus consisting 22 buildings on a 700-acre site. The program became the largest public works project in New Hampshire state history.

CBRE | Heery, in joint venture, provided design-build services for the client. The new 686,766 SF secure facility, consisting of four-story medium security housing buildings accommodating approximately 1,230 inmates in four housing units.  Along with space for educational, vocational and prison industry area, the campus also features a Minimum Security Federal Prison Camp (FPC) consisting of several camp-style one-story buildings with 128 inmates in dormitory type housing along with kitchen, dining and support spaces.

The construction of the new facility spanned three major winter seasons with record snow fall and harsh weather conditions which contributed to the complexity of the project. The team contended with a challenging terrain that consisted of glacial till material and a steeper than desired grade also set the team in motion studying and implementing the best methods for cutting roads into the campus.  The challenges and obstacles the team faced during the project did not deter the team's work, completing the project on time and delivering to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in June 2010.

Key components include:

  • Four-story medium security housing buildings accommodating 1,230 inmates
  • Space for education, vocational, and prison industry area
  • Healthcare space
  • Administration space
  • Central Utility Plant
  • Laundry, dining, and food service space
  • Minimum security camp with space for 128 inmates
  • On-site firing range


Construction Management


Berlin, NH


686,766 SF


2011 DBIA National Design-Build Project Award, Merit Award Winner: Category: Correctional Facilities