Architect chosen to work on Tishomingo jail project

IUKA – The Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors selected Ferguson & Associates of Jackson to provide architectural services as they plan to build a new county jail.
The firm was one of eight that submitted proposals to work with the board on a design plan.
“What the firms submitted was their professional resumes,” said board attorney Phillip Whitehead. The information included the firms’ previous experience developing adult detention facilities and prisons and their experience with conventional and non-conventional systems.
“They chose that firm because they had the experience in both traditional and non-traditional facilities as well as design, overseeing and construction, a broader range of experience overall,” Whitehead said.
From here the board will work with the architect to determine the size and type of facility they need and other relevant factors.
Seven other firms submitted proposals to be considered for the project: DWC amp& Associates, Tupelo; Barranco, Jackson; AERC, Hernando; Southbuilt, Memphis, Tenn.; Grayson Hebert, Gulfport; Pryor & Morrow, Columbus; and Johnson-Bailey-Henderson-McNeel, Jackson.
The county is working under deadline pressure to come up with a plan for expanding space at the current jail or a plan to build a new jail by September, Whitehead said.
An order from the 1st Circuit Court District requires the county to meet certain space requirements per inmate inside the jail and outside for exercise, as well as visual oversight when supervising the inmates.
“The board has been very concerned about how to get this facility built without it being much or low cost to residents of Tishomingo County,” Whitehead said. “The county might house up to 75 state non-violent offenders on work-release that would hopefully fully pay for the jail.”
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