Aerial view of Chillicothe Women’s Correctional Center

New Women's Correctional Facility

Chillicothe Women’s Correctional Center
State of Missouri - Department of Corrections
Chillicothe, MO

KAI provided architectural and MEP engineering design services as part of the design-build team for the State of Missouri’s new $110 million 452,000 SF women’s correctional facility in Chillicothe. The project was the replacement of a 252-bed women’s prison with a new 1,656-bed prison.

The old prison, originally constructed in 1887, lacked basic security measures and experienced frequent maintenance issues, such as collapsed sewer lines. The new prison provides expanded services to offenders such as substance abuse treatment, academic education, and reentry services. The new facility also improves safety and security for the public, staff, and offenders.

KAI partnered with JE Dunn, U.S. Engineering and DLR Group of Kansas City to form a design-build team, with the design completed in just six months. KAI worked with C&C Building Automation Systems from Kansas City to design the campus-wide MEP systems, utilizing central plan control and fiber optic loop connected to 14 buildings.

KAI designed the central plant that includes diagnostic and medical spaces, a kitchen as well as inmate industries and warehouse. The warehouse includes storage racks and bins for license plates, tools and raw materials.

Since the Chillicothe Women’s Correctional Center’s completion, the State of Missouri has asked KAI to provide a complete Building Information Model to be used for facility management.


Architecture, Building Information Modeling, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Design-Build

"The impact this facility has, not only on the lives of those being rehabilitated," Black said. "But on the lives of each and every person in this community, simply based off of economic development and community partnerships is great."

State Representative Rusty Black
Speaking at the 10 year Anniversary of the Facility's Opening

The Impact

Improved Facility Safety and Rehabilitation Programs

Replacing the antiquated facility improved security measures and building facilities for offenders and staff alike. Expanded rehabilitation services seek to improve quality of life for those being held and preparing for release, with the hope of making the communities they return to safer as well.

Project Recognition

2009 DBIA-MAR Design-Build Honor Award
2009 Contracting Business - Design-Build Honor Award: Best Project in the Public Sector Over $25 Million