Minnesota Correctional Facility
Oak Park Heights Administrative Control Unit
Oak Park Heights, Minn.
A Level 6 maximum security facility, the Oak Park Heights Administrative Control Unit features 60 high security cells, 12 entirely self-contained, to segregate extremely high-risk, violent, and dangerous inmates from the general population and substantially limit or eliminate direct physical contact with security staff. Daily activities such as meals, showers, visitation, and indoor/outdoor recreation can be conducted within the inmate’s secure living space.
Cameras, glassed-in sallyports, adjacent dayspace, non-contact visiting areas, interactive television, and staggered program schedules help establish a secure and safe environment for staff and inmates while also providing a humane and stimulating environment. Daily activities as well as medical and psychological intervention can be achieved without the inmate leaving his secure living space. The design leads any inmate who may leave his secure area to end up deeper into the secure complex.
Overall design goals minimize the impact of the Administrative Control Unit on the surrounding community, maximizing the use of existing services in the complex. BWBR provided the contractor with procedures and phasing in order to maintain ongoing prison operations, with an isolated construction zone that kept existing inmates unaware of the addition.
Size: 46,400 sq. ft.
Components: 60-bed self-contained high security unit; indoor and outdoor recreation areas; features in all cells include necessary items for basic living without staff contact, including a bunk bed, desk, toilet, lavatory, shower, and passes for books and food; staff sallyport provides view to entire cell interior; plumbing fixtures accessible for service via utility chase beyond inmate view and reach