Nighttime side angle view of the Lon Evans Corrections Center

New Maximum Security Jail Facility and Upgrades to Existing Corrections Center

Lon Evans Corrections Center
Tarrant County
Fort Worth, TX

KAI, in association with Broaddus & Associates, who provided program management, was selected to provide project management support services for projects included within the 2006 $233M Tarrant County Capital Improvement Program. One of the first assignments was the development of a new maximum security jail facility and renovations of the existing Lon Evans Corrections Center located in downtown Fort Worth.

The new 183,052 SF building has five stories above grade and one below-grade basement. It features 444 maximum security beds, separated for men and women; full kitchen sized to prepare 16,500 meals per day to all County correctional facilities, medical wards, and tunnel and skybridge connections to the existing Lon Evans Corrections Center.

The classical design of the exterior blends with and complements the surrounding architecture while taking full advantage of the limited site size while still meeting the County’s program.

Renovations and upgrades to the existing Corrections Center including improved holding facilities and a new, fully integrated fire protection and security systems.

KAI and Broaddus also teamed for renovations to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Laboratory and Offices. 


Program Management

"I feel his presence here today, I really do. I know he would be extremely honored and deeply humbled to have the most outstanding maximum-security facility in the United States bear his name,"

Kitty Evans Loveless
Former Sheriff Lon Evans’ Daughter

The Impact

New Facility Uses Small Footprint and Existing Facility Increases Safety

New modern facility efficiently uses a small space while also blending with the classical architectural look of the city. Improved fire protection and security systems in the existing building protect those being held, staff, and the surrounding community.

Project Recognition

LEED Gold Certified