SCI Phoenix New Correctional Facility

The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is building a new State Correctional Institution. The objective of the project is to build a fully integrated replacement correctional facility that enhances the functionality and efficiency of Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities, housing more inmates to better fit the Department of Corrections’ population needs while reducing operational costs. The one million SF prison is comprised of two male facilities, named Phoenix East and Phoenix West, as well as a separate Female Transitional Unit. The new blended, security level facility will jointly house inmates, including capital offenders, The new SCI Phoenix facility will make it easier, and ultimately less expensive, to transport inmates to and from court. 

The Department of General Services selected Heery International in join venture as the design-builder for the State Correctional Institution (SCI). The $350 million, 3,422-bed prison is the largest single contract ever issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as Heery’s biggest design-build project to date. The goal is provide the needed inmate housing and support functions while maintaining safe and secure facility operations.

Key components of the male facility includes: 

  • Seven general housing buildings (L3 and L4) with 144 cells and 282 beds
  • Three buildings with 96 cells and 96 beds
  • West L5 building dedicated as a capital case unit

The Female Transitional Unit includes: 

  • An independently fenced, full-service building containing 192 dormitory-style beds  
  • A fully functioning kitchen as well as a dining room
  • Visitation suite
  • Loading dock and support function spaces 

Partnering efforts between the designer, contractor and DGS have proven to be seamless and mutually beneficial for the success of the project. By working together to resolve potential pitfalls, the team has been able to overcome a variety of challenges on the complex project. These have ranged from state regulations prohibiting the hiring of a single contractor for multiple services, to avoiding disturbances to a nearby eagle’s nest which limits construction activity during nesting season. By working together, the team has established procedures and policies that have kept the project on track and on budget.


Construction Management


Skippack Township, PA


1 million SF / 3,422 Beds