Iowa Correctional Institution of Women Prison

Originally constructed as a school for women in the late 1800’s, the now present Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW), was in need of considerable maintenance, repair and expansion. The 30-acre site was designed to look more like a tree-shaded campus of a small college than a traditional prison environment.

The Iowa Department of Corrections selected Heery to manage the renovation and expansion of its medium/minimum security Women’s Prison. Heery served as construction manager for Phase I which included the administration, medical, mental health buildings as well as the new living units totaling 700 beds. Heery was involved from the initial planning stages and provided management expertise throughout the design phase and construction. Duties included design management, estimating and scheduling services, and construction administration.

Combining the current environment without affecting the daily operations of the facility during construction posed a significant challenge for the Heery team. The Iowa Correctional Institution for Women remained opened and the team was able to maintain the full operation during the entire construction period by having separate entrances to the facility away from the existing entrances and phasing of the new construction. The expansion of the facility more than doubled the number of beds. New classrooms, libraries and other amenities were also included in the expansion.

The project team successfully completed the project within the client's budget and on schedule. Key components of the project include:

  • Increased the number of beds from 443 to 888
  • New classrooms, libraries, gymnasiums, vocational-industrial shops, indoor and outdoor exercise areas
  • Residential medical facility to treat inmates diagnosed with mental illness, about 60% of the inmates


Program Management


Mitchellville, IA


310,000 SF